What for many villages and towns in Moldova seems an almost unachievable dream, in Feşteliţa village, Ştefan Vodă district, it became a reality. With European financial support, the local School, Kindergarten and Culture House were thermally insulated and equipped with solar batteries or photovoltaic panels, in order to reduce electricity consumption. It all started 12 years ago at the initiative of Mayor Nicolae Tudoreanu. He aimed at reducing costs, as much as possible, and protect the environment from CO2 emissions.
“We have achieved what we set out to do in Brussels, by signing the Convention of the Mayors on the reduction of CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. The Public institutions are energy efficient. We already have households in the village that have installed photovoltaic panels, solar collectors for domestic water heating and the trend is a positive one”, says the mayor.
“When I go out at night, it seems to me that our village looks like a small town… ”
Almost all the inhabitants of the village know what ecology and energy efficiency mean, mostly since the locality has obtained the status of “smart energy village”.
We found Ecaterina Becciu in the park, situated in the center of the locality. The woman is already used to responding well to new people who come to visit the village.
At 80 years old, the woman is proud that their village became an example for localities across the country: „When I go out at night, it seems to me that our village is like a small town. Everything is lighted up, beautiful. I live here on a hill, I never thought I would have water in the household and light on the streets. I used to come from work at night, in the dark, and mud … Now it’s good, I wish to have more years to live.”
Illumination at one click distance
Together with aunt Ecaterina, for about a year already, the approximately three thousand inhabitants of the village are happy to have smart street illumination. From European funds, the new system was equipped with almost 600 LEDs, mounted on about 20 kilometres of streets, which can be managed remotely.
Radu Procopenco, the manager of the Municipal Enterprise – Feștelița Communal Services, is explaining, in front of the computer, that “we can adjust each lighting pillar from the computer, we can adjust the light intensity. Thus, on brighter nights, when people do not walk on the streets, the intensity is lower. The new technology has brought, during a year, savings of at least 30% of electricity. For example, if before, for the 4 km of classic lighting, we spent 60 000 lei annually, now, for the approximately 20 km, we foresee to spend about 100 000 lei”.
Savings with the help of nature
Another success that Feștelița village has achieved is the thermal insulation of the Kindergarten and Gymnasium. Last year, biomass boilers were installed at the Kindergarten, Gymnasium, Town Hall and the House of Culture. The school manager, Valentina Cebotari, proudly retells us about the ecological institution where 273 children are studying.
Valentina Cebotari considers that environmental education must be demonstrated to children from an early age: “Currently, our school benefits from three components of energy efficiency. We have a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels are installed on the school and the school building has been thermally insulated. We opt for solar energy and tell children about the benefits of these technologies. Last year we made savings of 30 000 lei, money that we will use to equip the classrooms. Currently, several renovation works are taking place in the school, their main purpose refers to creation of modern, safe and comfortable school facilities.”
“The place where the village garbage dump was once, will bring money…”
At the local Town Hall the works are in full development. Here the carpentry, the doors, the windows have been changed, the thermal insulation of the building was made and the warm floors were installed, all these works aim at energy saving and environment protection. The mayor of the locality also showed us the future Park of photovoltaic panels, which will bring annual revenues of over 800 000 lei. “Now the place where the village garbage dump was once, will produce money. Solar energy will be converted into electricity and sold to a supplier. Money that will come in the city hall budget, we will redirect it for other needs that the locality has”, states the Mayor Nicolae Tudoreanu.
According to him, the locality’s relationship with the European Union has begun 12 years ago, after making several visits to the member countries of the community bloc, and since then he has been keeping an eye on all the innovations that can be implemented in his home village as well.
Over the years, the European Union has supported and contributed to the development of projects related to energy efficiency and carbon reduction in Moldova. Every year, the town halls from our country, receive financial support from the Energy Efficiency Fund of Moldova, in order to modernize the buildings, corresponding to high standards for energy efficiency. The total cost of the program “Convention of Mayors – Demonstration Projects” constitutes approximately 800 000 euros, of which the EU investment represents 500 000 euros, and the beneficiary’s contribution is 300 000 euros.