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Clean Energy, Clean Air, Cleaner Energy Bills in Romanian Villages

Roof of a kindergarten with solar panels© Innovation Norway
Pictured: A kindergarten with solar panels on the roof, in Prundu Bârgăului commune
In the heart of the enchanting Transylvania region, nestled not far from Romania's border with Ukraine, lies the picturesque Prundu Bârgăului commune. This historical locale, home to approximately 6,800 residents, is on the brink of a transformative journey, thanks to the support of the Norway Grants. Together, they have embarked on a project aimed at drastically changing the way energy is harnessed and consumed in this small, mountainous community.
another kindergarden in Prundu Bargaului with solar panels on the roof© Innovation Norway
Pictured: Another kindergarten in the same commune, facilitating renewable energy with solar panels

More than Half of Energy Needs Met by Solar Energy

At the core of this initiative lies the installation of state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels, designed to generate 55% of the total energy required to power Prundu Bârgăului. This exciting project aims not only to increase the commune's energy capacity but also promises a dramatic reduction in energy expenditures. The photovoltaic system is ingeniously designed to produce energy exclusively for its own consumption, making it an economically sustainable solution.

Centru Multifunctional with solar panels© Innovation Norway
Pictured: The Centru Multifunctional with solar panels

The installation of these photovoltaic panels will be placed in 9 public locations within Prundu Bârgăului and Susenii Bargaului. Collectively, these panels are set to generate an impressive annual output of 210 MWh, ensuring self-sufficiency and energy security for the commune.

Solar Panels on the roof of the Town Hall© Innovation Norway
Pictured: The Town Hall with solar panels on the roof

A Green Revolution: Investing in a Sustainable Future

Beyond the immediate economic benefits, this project aims to reduce CO2 emissions inPrundu Bârgăului, an endeavour which serves as a beacon of environmental responsibility. It stands as a compelling model for other regions in Romania to emulate. A substantial 55% of the energy requirements will now be met by clean, green sources, with the remaining power sourced from the national grid.

The hospital with solar panels on the roof© Innovation Norway
Pictured: Hospital with solar panels on the roof

In the heart of Transylvania, Prundu Bârgăului commune is poised to redefine the way we think about energy, proving that even in the most remote corners of the world, a commitment to innovation and sustainability can shine brightly. Through the partnership between this small Romanian community and the Norway Grants, this story of transformation is not just about harnessing energy; it's about powering dreams and illuminating the path to a brighter, greener future for us all.

About the Energy Programme in Romania

The Energy Programme in Romania, managed by Innovation Norway, aims at less carbon intensive energy and increased energy security, providing grants for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electrification of households. The Programme financing is ensured through the EEA and Norway Grants which contribute to social and economic development in 10 European countries, including Romania.

About Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Innovation Norway supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation. In Romania, Innovation Norway is managing two programmes: the Energy Programme and the SMEs Growth Programme.

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