Apart from the training component, the community received other assistance. According to the applications developed and submitted by me, in 2019-2020 our community won 10 competitive
selections. In results there is a grant support in the form of energy audits with the production of energy
certificates, design estimates and comprehensive thermal modernization of buildings, sets of
measuring equipment for energy managers, free use of software for energy monitoring, as well as
assistance in establishing energy efficiency: a power plant installation and center classroom refurbishing. In addition, I am sincerely grateful for the expert assistance provided by GIZ and the «Covenant of Mayors – East» in developing an Action Plan for Sustainable Energy Development and Climate of our community.
We are also actively cooperating with the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, with which a corresponding memorandum of partnership was signed in 2019.
Achievements and projects in the energy efficiency sector
Having introduced an energy management system in the community, for the third year in a row we have been reducing energy consumption due to constant control and the energy use optimization.
Although the community's development budget is quite small, several significant energy efficiency projects have been implemented. In particular, more than 700 LED street lights have been installed. The annual potential for electricity savings from such projects is more than 200 thousand kWh.
Due to cooperation with the international financial corporation NEFCO, which provided almost UAH 5 million in soft loans at only 3% per annum in hryvnia, a project on thermal modernization of the
largest educational institution in the community – Baranivka Lyceum №1 was implemented. Due to a subvention from the state budget for the formation of ATC's infrastructure, a similar project was implemented in Polyankivska Secondary School of I-III grades. Thermal modernization works have
a dual effect: they not only reduce energy consumption (in these institutions, the savings in natural
gas consumption are more than 30%), but also create comfortable living conditions for children and
We constantly hear from the media, politicians and activists about climate change and environmental
problems, as well as the need for appropriate changes in civilizational development. These are not just
another «horror story», but exactly what each of us feels. Our community realizes the critical importance
of this issue and does not stand aback from the global movement for climate sustainability. By joining
the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, in our Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan,
we are committed not only to reducing energy consumption but also to increasing renewable
energy consumption. Confidence in the correct movement of the community on the way to RES was
added by my participation in the trip organized by Dena (German Energy Agency) and the NGO «Ecoclub» to Germany in 2019. At Dena's jubilee congress on the implementation of the new energy policy from
government officials and top politicians, despite the differences in their political views on socioeconomic
development, there was one leitmotif: it is only necessary to accelerate change and implement
measures to stimulate the transition to RES. These are not just fine words, since Germany has officially
announced its abandonment of nuclear power plants and the use of coal in the nearest future. And
excursions to the communities of Refelde and Feldheim, where renewable energy sources are
actively being used, only confirmed that the main driver of change can and should be local authorities in
close cooperation with the public and business. The state only needs to create appropriate conditions for
Therefore, during the autumn of 2019 National Forum «Climate Ambitions of Cities» between our community and the international environmental organization 350.org a memorandum of cooperation
on the prospects of community movement to achieve 100% renewable energy in the energy balance by 2050 was signed. Some will say that these are too ambitious and unattainable goals, and in general – we still have to survive until 2050! And the person will have the point by saying that if nothing is done about the causes and consequences of climate change, in which people are involved, the lives of future generations will be quite tough. As for the ambitious goals, would scientific and technical inventions be possible if their authors did not set seemingly unattainable goals and did not look beyond the horizon? Only those moving forward achieve a goal.
The first steps towards the development of RES generation in the community have already been taken. Thanks to the search for investors and their contribution, in 2017 a small hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 382 kW started operating on the Sluch River. At the end of 2019, a solar power plant with a total peak capacity of 13 MW appeared near Baranivka. These projects do not only provide additional revenue
to the local budget in the form of land rent, personal income tax, but also contribute to energy
independence and energy security of our community.