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Use of renewable energy resources for greater efficiency

The European Union (EU) is working to reduce the effects of climate change and establish a common energy policy. By 2020 renewable energy should account for 20% of the EU's final energy consumption (10.3% in 2008). To meet this common target, each Member State needs to increase its production and use of renewable energy in electricity, heating, cooling and transport.

In order to explore the potential of use of renewable energy resources (RER) in small settlements at the border area of Latvia and Lithuania, where mostly non-renewable energy resources are used, five project partners of the project “Renewable energy” came together to encourage local inhabitants to think green and increase the efficiency of the energy sources used in heating and electricity.

Buildings are responsible for around 40% of energy consumption and 36% of the CO2 emissions in the EU. Within the project “Renewable energy” solar collectors, LED lighting pole with solar panel and wind turbine, run flow water reheating equipment as well as geothermal heating systems were installed in public buildings or along the streets of the project partners’ municipalities.

Already now substantial results are observed. The director of the Antasava school marked that it is very important to have such geothermal heating system installed in this school which allowed to minimise the costs of the heating during last winter up to 50 %.


The old fashion and new heating systems.
Still working together.

Other project outputs include technical designs for geothermal heating systems for different series of apartment houses, technical designs for schools and public buildings with geothermal heating systems. The thermograph kit also has been purchased in order to detect problematic areas in the buildings.

As a result of the project consumers at the border area will benefit from having better information available to control their energy consumption and influence their energy bills. Data collected from the installed RER equipment are monitored and analysed by each project partner and will be incorporated in the regional RER strategies as well as published on the developed project website.

Video on hybrid lightening system installed in the Riebini municipality (Latvia) is available below (in Latvian):

More information about the project is available here >.