Lublin, Bielsko-Biała, Bydgoszcz, Rumia, Płońsk, Pałecznica, Raciechowice, Sztum, Sopot and Milanówek these 10 municipalities are the winners of the contest for the best and most innovative projects in the area of energy efficiency and RES use. Each of them will receive 50 000 PLN for the preparation of necessary analyses and documentation, as well as will be supported in establishing cooperation with Norwegian partners, who will help them in implementation of their projects.
The winners were announced during the 2nd meeting of Experience Exchange Group (EEG), which took place on the 13th of June in Poznań. Organisation of the contest supporting transfer of Norwegian know-how to Polish municipalities was one of the main objectives of our Polish-Norwegian project. In total 20 different project were submitted for the competition by 19 Polish local authorities. All of them successfully passed through the formal assessment and the 1st stage of the content assessment, which was performed by experts in the area of energy.
During the meeting in Poznań the 2nd stage of content assessment took place. This time project proposals were evaluated by the representatives of these municipalities, which participated in the competition (they were evaluating all proposals but their own). The highest scores were given to the projects proposed by Lublin, Bielsko-Biała and Bydgoszcz - both by the experts and the participants of the meeting.
10 most successful projects (see complete list below) were awarded with micro-grants amounting to 50 000 PLN each. The funds (500 000 PLN in total) come from the Bilateral Cooperation Fund, which is financed from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (NMF) 2009-2014.
A quick reminder - our Polish-Norwegian project is implemented from January 2016 till April 2017. It is coordinated by the Association of Polish Cities, which is supported by two project partners - Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités" and Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. The Norwegian partner will help the prize-winners to find Norwegian municipalities who will help them in implementation of their pilot projects.
List of municipalities awarded with micro-grants (according to the number of scores received):
- Lublin - Norwegian climate for Lublin. Rational use of energy in the Lublin's heat island
- Bielsko-Biała - Construction of a training & research center in the field of renewable energy sources and energy-efficient buildings in Bielsko-Biała
- Bydgoszcz - Clean Energy Labs
- Rumia - Innovative system for electricity, heat and cold supply for the part of Rumia town
- Płońsk - Płońsk - towards a zero-emission town
- Pałecznica - Smart house in a smart village
- Raciechowice - Installation of heat pumps powered by photovoltaic installations in selected public buildings of the municipality of Raciechowice
- Sztum - Nearly zero-emission residential buildings. Thermal modernisation of multi-family residential buildings with active engagement of the residents and use of innovative RES installations
- Sopot - Comprehensive energy modernisation of Sopot's public buildings using ESCO scheme
- Milanówek - Polish-Norwegian exchange of good practice