Solar energy powered social institution

Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants in Romania 2014-2021.
The funding does not come from Innovation Norway, it comes from the donor states.

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Funding is provided through the Romanian Energy Programme:

The Project Promoter: Asociatia Caritas Alba lulia – Asistență Medicală și Socială.
Project ID number: 2021/335833
Estimated project duration: 12 months.
Project venue: Odorheiu Secuiesc.
The total cost of the investment is 187 804 EUR,
of which
– Innovation Norway 
will provide 169 000 EUR trough the EEA and Norway Grants – Romania Energy Programme.
– Contribution from Asociatia Caritas Alba lulia – Asistență Medicală și Socială: 18 804 EUR.

The current development involves three buildings that will be powered by solar energy.

The 3 establishments situated in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Harghita are a home care and day care service center for elderly, chronically ill and disabled persons, a nursing home and a training center.

The home care service center was built in 2015, with a 215 m2 useful surface on 2 levels, with. A day care centre, depository, care preparation room, laundry, toilets on ground floor, meeting room and offices on the first floor. The building is isolated with an A category energy performance certificate. The heating and hot water is produced with electrical energy.

The home care service centre has between 380 and 420 patients in Odorheiu Secuiesc and nearby, with 24 employees. The laundry operates for 30 persons with one employee. In the same building the senior day care centre offers its services for 60 elderly persons with 10-12 persons/group. The activities of the day care centre focus on hindering isolation, to promote active elderly life and to slow mental degradation.

The Sfantu Luca nursery home accommodates 32 elderlies, for mainly bedridden or persons suffering from dementia with 16 employees. The establishment was built with the support of an EU funding between 2013-2014. The nursery home has a 751 m2 useful surface with 8 double and triple rooms and 2 rooms with 5 beds. The rooms are wheelchair friendly and are fitted with own bathroom.

The Caritas training centre is a two-floor building with 3 offices, changing rooms, bathrooms and 1 conference room on the ground floor. 2 conference and training rooms, textile manufacture (social enterprise) on the first floor. The training centre houses adult education programs in the field of elderly care, medical assistant, childcare etc. Yearly 150 persons take part at the trainings. In the near future in the training centre an interior design course will be organised. The centre can house also technical programs because its equipped with adequate electrical network for machine tools use.

Conditions for the awarding of grant

The grant is awarded under the general conditions laid down in the Standard Terms and Conditions on EEA and Norway Grants from Innovation Norway.

The following special conditions apply:

  1. The project shall be completed within 30 December. That date is also the last date of eligibility for project costs. The first date of eligibility is the date of this letter.
  2. The external services for investment (works contract for investment) will be subject for procurement rules set for this grant contract and its Annex – Standard Terms and.
  3. The Project Promoter will finance from its own financial resources the cost associated with Financial.

Expected outcomes:
a. Estimated annual CO2 emission reductions: 12 tonns of CO2 /year.
b. Energy produced from other renewable sources in MWh/Year: 88 MWh/year.

Expected outputs
a. Installed capacity for production of electricity from photovoltaic panels: 08 MW.
b. Number of new installations for production of renewable energy: 1.

Current status of the project

  • May 2023.

In May 2023, the installation works of the photovoltaic panels were completed, the system was configured and connected to the power grid. The 88 kWh three-phase photovoltaic system for producing electricity from renewable sources is functional  and covers the annual energy consumption of the units of Caritas Alba Iulia Association – Medical and Social Assistance in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Str. Rozei nr. 16.

Project promoter: Caritas Alba Iulia Association – Medical and Social Assistance
Funded by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants in Romania 2014-2021.
Total project costs: 187,804 Euro
EEA Norway Grant from Innovation Norway: 169,000 Euro
Project duration: 09.2022 – 05.2023
Project partner: International Development Norway, Trondheim

By implementing the project, the organization’s units will benefit from electricity in Odorheiu Secuiesc, from renewable sources – solar energy as follows:

  • The home care center providing services for 420 patients in Odorheiu Secuiesc and nearby, with 24 employees, including a day center for the elderly
  • Sfântu Luca nursing home, which houses 32 elderly people, mainly bedridden and people suffering from dementia
  • Caritas Training Center for education and training programs for social and medical assistance staff

Project results: 88 MWh of electricity produced/year
Preventing 12 tonnes of CO2/year from being released into the atmosphere using renewable energy sources.

Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe

  • January 2023.

Given the favourable weather conditions in December, work has already begun on the metal structures on which the solar panels will be mounted. Partial installation of the solar panels started in January.

Technical advice and workshop

From 31.01 – 02.01.2023 we organized a technical workshop in Miercurea Ciuc with the participation of the project partner International Development Norway, which provided us with technical support during the implementation of the project under the partnership agreement.

The first day of the workshop was dedicated to getting to know the partners, the basics of energy efficiency, renewable energy, regulations in the field, efficient use solutions and the latest technical innovations in the field of both renewable energy use and efficient electricity storage.

The meeting also included a report by IDN Norway on the investment proposed by the Project Promoter.

A significant part of the workshop was dedicated to the opportunities and possibilities for further development of the proposed photovoltaic system, combining it with other solutions and methods of energy production, especially thermal energy.

On the second day there was a field visit to the partially completed investment in Odorheiu Secuiesc, 16/C Rozei Street. Representatives of the project promoter presented the state of works and plans for the immediate future.

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Workshop agenda

  • November 2023.

In November the public procurement procedure for the purchase and installation of the 80 kW photovoltaic system was launched, the final call for tenders was republished on 18.11.2022 with the deadline for receipt of tenders 05.12.2022. The results were announced on 08.12.2022.

  • September 2023.

The grant contract has been signed.


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