Establishment of PV power systems in pre-school alternative services of Atan, Ahnidzor and Shamut settlements of Lori region
Establishment of PV power systems in pre-school alternative services of Atan, Ahnidzor and Shamut settlements of Lori region
Heating and hot water supply of newly established pre-school alternative services in Atan, Ahnidzor and Shamut settlements of Tumanyan multi-settlement consolidated community will be a considerable financial burden for the community budget and can lead to the use of firewood (26-30 m3 per heating period), create inadequate working conditions for pre-school services during winter months and cause interruption of the educational process for 24 children aged 3-6 years old.
Pre-school services in Atan, Ahnidzor and Shamut work for 4 hours without providing children with warm food. The settlements has no natural gas sypply system and the main heating sources are electricity, firewood or dung cakes. In case of heating with electricity, Tumanyan multi-settlement consolidated community will spend about 1,550 USD for 3 pre-school services in Atan, Ahnidzor and Shamut settlements. The heating period in the above-mentioned settlements lasts for 6 months (November to April). Although heating of the preschool classroom takes for 4 hours daily, it will not ensure the optimal temperature in the classroom and will not provide comfortable conditions for children's stay and educational activities. In case of severe winter this can also lead to either use of firewood or temporary interruption of preschool services (usually from the end of December to the beginning of March).

Taking into account the high potential of solar energy in the region, it is poposed installing a solar photovoltaic system with 3.5 kW nominal power and 5 kW inverter (which will enable later to increase the capacity of the plant without large investments) in each settlement. The generated electricity will be used to heat the classrooms, toilets and to provide toilets with hot water.
The project will simultaneously address global environmental issues, promoting climate change mitigation and development of local capacity in low-carbon technologies at community level, addressing social problems of vulnerable populations, enrichment and dissemination of knowledge and experience in application of solar-powered technologies. The project will also serve as an example of low-carbon technologies for local government and / or community stakeholders in other communities of Lori marz.

The project objective is to provide access to affordable electricity for heating, to reduce the risk of fire and health caused by traditional furnaces in pre-school institutions through introduction of low carbon energy solutions.
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Project Snapshot

"Step by Step" Benevolent Foundation
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,486.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 41,640.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 881.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Among preschool age children benefiting from the project 50% are girls. All 16 teachers participating in trainings are women. The project team will strive to ensure equal participation of men and women in trainings organized for community population.
Policy Impact
It is expected that the project will have a significant impact on the attitude and the behavior change of the beneficiary community members and local authorities in particular. Installation of solar PV systems in 3 pre-schools will ensure reduction of at least 7 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually and prevention of 26-30 m3 firewood use for heating. As part of economic benefits, operation of the systems will result in savings of approximately 1,550 USD annually. It is expected that the project results will stimulate further use of solar and other low-carbon technologies as a viable alternative to firewood and dung cakes, leading to cumulative environmental effects in conserving forest resources.
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Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 7
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 16
Total monetary value (US dollars) of clean energy services provided to project participants and / or community as a whole (in the climate change focal area) 1550

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