LEADER case study - Local sustainable action with triple effects
In order to contribute more effectively to combating climate change, a Romanian LAG included energy adaptation and mitigation projects in its local development strategy. This case study looks at the role of LEADER in promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency.
In order to contribute more effectively to combating climate change, the Local Action Group (LAG) of Valea Baseului de Sus in the north east of Romania included energy adaptation and mitigation projects in its local development strategy. The intention was to focus on innovative and sustainable initiatives that could not be funded with other RDP measures and that would benefit the whole rural community. It was important that such an investment would be effective and had a fast rate of return to release the increasing budget pressure on local Councils regarding their energy bills.
In total LEADER and a number of other funds supported three projects of this type as pilot actions:
- 1 county with a photovoltaic power plant: € 68 000 (near completion) +1 project of € 25 000 Stradal LED lamps (in approval phase) (both funded by LEADER)
- 1 town with 1 project of Stradal LED lamps (€ 70 000 funded by LEADER) + 1 photovoltaic power plant funded by Norway Grants (in contracting phase)
- 1 county with 1 project of Stradal LED lamps (completed by Government funds) + 1 photovoltaic power plant (LEADER € 30 000 plus local funds in design stage).