Kindergarten No. 10 “Veselka” (“The Rainbow”) in Myrhorod has welcomed its children after the comprehensive thermal refurbishment. On October 5 there took place a solemn opening of the kindergarten that has been refurbished thanks to the financial support provided by the European Union within the framework of the project “Modernization of Production, Supply and Consumption of the Heating District in the Town of Myrhorod (MO.GE.DI.CO)”.
Kindergarten No. 10 is one of the largest pre-school institutions in Myrhorod. It can host 250 children. The need for the comprehensive refurbishment of the building had been urgent for the community for already quite a time, since no complex capital repairs had been conducted in the kindergarten from the construction time (1982). Now, thanks to the financial support provided by the European Union, children will feel comfortable in the institution.
Thanks to the financial support provided by the European Union, all windows and doors have been replaced in the institution, external walls of the building have been insulated, the socle and roof cover have been insulated as well. Warm floor has been arranged in the game rooms. The kindergarten is equipped with modern ventilation system with recuperation, and this will ensure adequate air exchange and enable to save energy.
New equipment for the food unit has been purchased within the project and an energy-efficient corner has been arranged, where children are told how solar and wind energy may be used.
According to the estimates made by energy managers, energy carrier savings expected already after the first heating season will be 50%, but the most important thing is comfortable conditions for the stay of children in the premises.
MO.GE.DI.CO is the EU-funded demonstration project, the implementation of which was launched by the town in 2018. Besides comprehensive thermal refurbishment of the building of kindergarten No. 10, thanks to the EU support the town is also making refurbishment of its boiler house: a new heat network has already been laid and current heat pipelines have already been replaced with pre-insulated ones. The project presupposes installation of biomass boilers. The works at the boiler house are to be finished by the end of the year. Besides that, automatic energy monitoring system has been installed for 10 municipal buildings.
Total project budget is 1,019,523 Euros. 75% of the cost, or 762,850 Euros is the money of the European Union which the town got in the form of an irreversible grant.
“For such small towns as Myrhorod, the support of the European Union is significant and noticeable. Since 25% of the project cost have been allocated from the local budget, and that makes 256 thousand Euros. The amount of co-funding from the town is also significant, but such projects are promising and necessary for our town. We will further continue to participate in grant competitions to keep refurbishing educational institutions and introduce energy-efficient technologies in a high-quality way,” – says the town mayor Serhiy Solomakha.
Sector manager for energy efficiency of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Olha Borodankova has told that Myrhorod was selected among one hundred cities and towns of Ukraine that are the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors. She has been working for six years in Ukraine and can see that the local authorities and residents realize that energy efficiency stands for smart economy that should further brought into life.
As the result of the project implementation the town will reduce energy consumption from 1,166 MW-hours per year – that is the volume of energy consumed by 63,890 cell phones over a year. Besides that, the biomass boiler house will enable to replace 1,700,000 m3 of natural gas, and alternative heat will be provided to more than 1,000 apartments in Myrhorod. After the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the kindergarten, it will consume less heat, and children will be staying in more comfortable conditions. Besides that, it is expected that СО2 emissions will be reduced by 53%.