In 2018, The Aegean Energy Agency (AEGEA) helped a number of island municipalities to promote energy efficiency locally by maturing projects in the fields of energy retrofitting of public buildings as well as street lighting.
In close collaboration with island-members of the DAFNI Network, AEGEA did significant groundwork and prepared the energy upgrading of:
- 29 municipal buildings in 9 islands – Sifnos, Mykonos, Santorini, Kalymnos, Amorgos, Ios, Lemnos, Psara and Lipsi;
- 40,000 municipal street lights in 10 islands – Lipsi, Psara, Patmos, Kos, Rhodes, Kythnos, Nisyros, Tilos, Lesvos, and Antiparos.
For each island, AEGEA followed a dedicated strategy, performing energy audits and techno-economic analyses in order to come up with the necessary interventions, also in consultation with local stakeholders.
Then, AEGEA helped municipalities choose the best-suited funding instrument. A large part of the work was dedicated to ensuring the overcoming of bureaucratic obstacles and the submission of proposals for calls for funding and loans, issued by the Regional Operational Programmes and Consignment Deposits and Loans Fund.
For island municipalities, facing limited or no access to technical assistance and expertise but also resource scarcity and budgetary constraints, a direct result of their small population size and scale of economic activities, AEGEA’s support proves fundamental for the realisation of projects with an added-value for the local economy and quality of life.
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