Covenant signatory municipality of Pivka, Slovenia, joined GOLEA Local Energy Agency’s proposal to group together 33 municipalities and public bodies in one large project and apply for an ELENA technical assistance grant.
Thanks to the support, Pivka implemented an Energy Performance Contracting project to modernise its street lighting,achieving a 75% reduction in electricity consumption.
Bundling investments: how small towns can get technical assistance for energy efficiency
For small municipalities like Pivka in the Primorska Region of Western Slovenia, lack of access to EU funded technical assistance and upfront investment for large scale energy efficiency projects constitute major barriers to decarbonising their public infrastructure. Energy performance contracting (EPC) offers an opportunity to municipalities for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through public-private-partnerships (PPP). However, implementing EPC poses a capacity challenge to many small local authorities due to insufficient know-how or human resources. This is why Pivka joined GOLEA Local Energy Agency’s proposal to group together 33 municipalities and public bodies in one large project and apply for an ELENA technical assistance grant, that would support municipalities in the preparation of energy efficiency projects.
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