We invite all Polish municipalities and self-government units to participate in an open competition for micro-projects leading to innovation in energy efficiency or the use of RES, inspired by Norwegian experiences or possible to implement with the use of Norwegian experience.
The aim of the competition is supporting Polish municipalities in launching implementation of the 10 most interesting and innovative pilot projects in by giving them micro-grants for the preparation of necessary analyses, documentation, educational activities and other non-investment steps of the process (so called micro-project), as well as by helping them to establish cooperation with the Norwegian partners, committed to support them with their expertise and experience.
10 winning self-governments will delegate their representatives for the study visit to Norway.
Project proposals submitted for the contest has to include both the description of the overall idea forenergy innovation in EE or RES use (which will be implemented in the longer term) and the detailed description of so called "micro-project", i.e. soft measures necessary for the preparation of the pilot project for implementation. Such actions could be financed from "micro-grants" awarded within the contest.
Projects submitted for the competition should have a high replication potential so that the experience gained by the pilot communes could also be used by other Polish local authorities, and should contribute to at least one of the following strategic objectives:
- improved energy efficiency in buildings;
- increased energy awareness of the citizens and education in energy efficiency;
- increased renewable energy production in relation to buildings;
- reduced production of waste and reduced emission of pollutants to the air, water and ground.
Another aspects, that will be taken into consideration when evaluating submitted project concepts, are: level of innovation, feasibility in given local conditions (economic, political and social ones), potential environmental, financial and social benefits, cost efficiency, resources efficiency and durability.
The call for proposals will be conducted from 13th to 23rd May, and will be judged by the Contest Committee consisting of umbrella project partners and invited experts, as well as contest participants themselves (without the possibility of voting on their own application). Presentation of the projects, that will be have been evaluated in the first stage of formal assessment (with the participation of experts), will take place at the evaluation meeting in Poznan on 13th of June 2016 (assessment of other participants of the contest). Then also the results of the competition will be announced.