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Moldova: EU supports renewable energy solution for rural schools

April 7, 2016

One hectare of energy willow trees has been planted on farmland owned by a local vocational school in Cucuruzenii de Sus village, in the Orhei district of Moldova. The trees are an alternative energy solution promoted by the Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova, co-funded by the European Union. The local school will use them to heat the school cafeteria, said a press release from the project, published on the website of the EU Delegation to Moldova.
To be able to transform matured trees into fuel, the project will provide the school with a special chipper and a biofuel production line. The biofuel will be used for the new heating system that the project will install at the vocational school. The EU granted EUR 100,000 for the project, the press release said, adding that another hectare of energy willows would be planted in Cuhurestii de Sus village, in the Floresti district. .
Energy willow is the most widespread kind of energy plant. It grows about three centimetres per day, growing to a height of six-seven meters high tree in two-three years. The energy willow is resistant to various weather conditions, and its stems are used to produce biofuel almost equal to coal in terms of calorific value, the project said.
The Energy and Biomass Project is a three-year EUR 9.41 million project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme between 2015 and 2017. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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