The Vojvodina provincial Secretariat for Energy, Construction and Traffic awarded contracts for energy saving lighting projects worth RSD 57.5 million (around EUR 485,500) to elementary schools, healthcare facilities, kindergartens, university schools and old age homes in several municipalities.
The contracts were presented by Provincial Secretary Nenad Grbić for energy saving lighting projects in nine elementary schools in Temerin, Novi Bečeju, Ada, Beočin, Kula, Subotica, Kać, Gložan and Silbaš, a kindergarten in Beočin, health care centers in Beočin and Titel, an old age care center in Subotica and a retirement home in Mol, the Novi Sad University Agriculture and Sports schools and the High Business School as well as the Vojvodina Oncology Institue in Sremska Kamenica.
Grbić told the presentation ceremony that the energy efficiency measures that his secretariat was implementing every year are important because they ease the pressure on local community and public institution budgets allowing them to redirect remaining funds to other priority activities.
“Bearing in mind the significant savings in the energy efficiency field, we decided to increase the funding for this purpose from last year’s RSD 55 million (around EUR 465,000) by another RSD 2.5 million (around EUR 21,000) in 2018. We will try to reinforce this program in future,” Grbić said.
He said that the implementation of the latest contracts will mean savings in electricity worth around RSD 7.5 million (around EUR 64,000) at annual level and added that the emissions of harmful gases will be lowered by around 59%.
Just 3% of public institutions have LED lighting
Grbić recalled that just three percent of public institutions in Vojvodina have installed LED lighting and that about the same percentage of public institutions have automatic lighting management systems. He said that means there is a lot of room to make savings in electricity by installing quality lighting.
Early in June 2017, Grbić awarded contracts for energy saving lighting projects worth RSD 53.8 million (around EUR 455,000) for the municipalities of Nova Crnja, Žitište, Temerin, and Bač for 14 public institutions including health care centers, old age centers, student dormitories, elementary schools and sports centers. He said at that time that the implementation of those contracts will mean savings of 1.1 million kWh a year.