ABOUT THE PROJECT
The goal of the "Velika Gorica Solar City - COUNTDOWN" project is to use solar energy for the production of electricity in public buildings in the City of Velika Gorica and thus promote the use of renewable energy sources and thus begin the transition of the city in the direction of carbon neutrality by raising the level of citizens' awareness of the need . investments in renewable energy sources.

Project name: Velika Gorica Solarni grad – COUNTDOWN

Source of funding: Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area for the period from 2014 to 2021

Program: Energy and climate change

Invitation: Increasing the capacity for the production of solar energy

Project holder: City of Velika Gorica

Partners:

• Tourist board of the city of Velika Gorica

• Polytechnic Velika Gorica

• Energy Farm International Foundation (Energy Farm International Foundation, EFIF), Norway

Time of implementation: 24.5.2022 – 30.4.2024.

Project value: €654,128.77

Grant amount: €533,004.18 (81.48%)

Amount of own co-financing: €121,124.59 (18.52%)

Objectives of the project:

The goal of the “Velika Gorica Solar City – COUNTDOWN” project is to use solar energy for the production of electricity in public buildings in the City of Velika Gorica and thus promote the use of renewable energy sources and thus begin the transition of the city in the direction of carbon neutrality by raising the level of citizens’ awareness of the need investments in renewable energy sources. Solar power plants for the production of electricity from solar energy are located on 22 public buildings in the administrative area of the City of Velika Gorica – primary schools, kindergartens, community homes, sports facilities… in order to ensure that all areas are equally represented, they were independently concerned with facilities in central settlement or are they in rural areas of the City. As part of the project, special attention will be paid to the promotion of renewable energy sources among young citizens (kindergarten and school age), given that they will be able to connect theory with practice using the example of the building they live in every day. The implementation of this project uses the potential of the vast majority of buildings owned by the City of Velika Gorica, which have a roof surface with a favorable orientation and where the roof is in satisfactory construction condition. The total installed power of all power plants is 588.4 kWp. The expected reduction in electricity consumption from the power grid amounts to 604,452 kWh. The implementation of the project will lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions by 95.9 t/year. With the implemented project, the city will mitigate the risk of an increase in the unit price of electricity in the coming period. The electricity produced from the solar power plants is sufficient to cover 37% of the electricity needs of the buildings included in the project.

Through the implementation of the project, the internal capacities of the City of Velika Gorica for the management and promotion of renewable energy sources among entrepreneurs and natural persons (family houses and multi-apartment buildings) in the area of the city of Velika Gorica will also be strengthened.

The project envisages the construction of 22 solar power plants on buildings for the purpose of self-supply.

The Velika Gorica Solar City – COUNTDOWN project is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area for the period 2014 to 2021 within the “Energy and Climate Change” program.

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