Solar Children

New project in Vlora, Albania, provides nurseries and kindergartens with solar panels to heat water

Solar panels will be supplying kindergartens and nurseries in Vlora, Albania, with warm water. As part of a GEF/UNDP/UNEP global initiative to provide solar panels for water heating, Albania's UNDP-supported programme is consistent with aims to accelerate market development for systems and technologies that save electricity and thus mitigate climate change. Albania’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Damian Gjiknuri, is overseeing programme implementation.

To date, solar thermal systems for hot water have been financed and installed in more than 55 public institutions throughout Albania—i.e. in Shkodra, Lezha, Tirana, Durrës, Rrogozhinë, Lushnje, Elbasan, Gramsh, Berat, Fier, Vlora, Himara and Saranda.

“This is an Albanian government programme in partnership with UNDP to address the needs for hot water in facilities of a social character, such as kindergartens, nurseries and homes for the elderly,” Minister Gjiknuri explains. “It is very convenient to use solar panels for energy saving. The installation of these types of panels in public buildings—from Shkodra to Saranda—creates conditions for reducing heating energy needs by up to 70%.”

Source: Top Channel

Photo credit: UNDP Albania