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The Project “Switch to Sun – Live in Comfort” Latest Accomplishments – Solar Collectors Have Now Been Installed in Ukraine

Solar collectors are now a reality and play an important role of the daily energy consumption of the residents of the Manevychi region, the district of Volyn in Ukraine.

11.01.2012 |WECF

Last year in October, 2011, the Ukranian Youth Non-Profit organization and WECF partner Ecoclub carried out training in Odessa on how to install solar collectors. A few months later in December, it was followed by a demonstration and a presentation of the successfully installed devices in the district of Volyn.

The constructers of the solar collectors have clearly shown their appreciation and enthusiasm about the idea and the fact that “the system really works”. Thanks to this newly implemented technology, it is now possible to fully heat a tank of water within a few hours. In addition, the constructors were also presented with a financial support covering half of the expenses for the material and labour costs (1200 UAH, ca. 117 EUR). The other half of the estimated total cost ranging between 2500 – 4000 UAH (ca. 243 – 389 EUR) is to be provided by the constructors themselves.

Seminar about solar collectors in Manevychi, Ukraine, 20 of December 2011

During the presentation, the Ecoclub representative Oskana Maiboroda gave an account of the activities that have been conducted in the district of Manevychi as well as the future plans and perspectives of the project “Switch to Sun – Live in Comfort”. Nevertheless, she also stressed the importance of the further monitoring and analyzing of the data from the solar collectors operating during the summer and winter period. The aim of gathering this information is to examine how one can achieve greater efficiency of the devices. Further, Ms. Maiboroda also explained the significance of collecting baseline information on the energy consumption of the local residents.

Seminar about solar collectors in Manevychi, Ukraine, 20 of December 2011

Finally, the Ecoclub Energy Coordinator Olha Lyashchuk outlined how the data will be collected and used. The presentation was attended by more than forty participants as well as some local officials.

The project “Switch to Sun – Live in Comfort” within which these activities are implemented in Ukraine and Georgia is funded by the European Union and coordinated by WECF.

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