Kavadarci, 3 March 2020

The high school ‘Gjorche Petrov’ in Kavadarci becomes energy efficient with a grant from Kingdom of Norway

The agricultural and forestry high school ‘Gjorche Petrov’ in Kavadarci has increased its energy efficiency with grant support from the Kingdom of Norway. The completion of the works on the school facade and roof has significantly improved the energy efficiency of the school constructed in 1956, and 290 pupils and employees of the school have benefited from improved working and teaching conditions.

“These type of investments that lead to increased energy efficiency are of great importance for our municipality because they enable savings of public finances and further improvement of the educational process, and also contribute to increased health of the employees and the pupils. The Municipality plans to continuously invest in projects that increase the energy efficiency of public institutions, and as a next phase for this school we are planning to replace the existing lights with energy efficient ones”, stated the Mayor of the Municipality of Kavadarci Mitko Jancev.

The total value of the works was 84,000 Euros out of which 80,000 Euros are grant support from the Norwegian Embassy and 4,000 Euros are contribution from the Municipality of Kavadarci. The reconstruction of the school building included installation of an 1,200 sqm of energy efficient thermo-insulation façade and replacement of the 1,500 sqm asbestos roof with new, energy efficient construction. It is expected that these improvements will lead to energy savings of up to 35% of the energy bills and that the savings that will be used to further improve the conditions of the school.

“At the local level we can make a difference through projects for energy efficiency, utilization of renewable sources and waste management. This is an energy efficient project that will create improved working and studying conditions in the school”, said H.E. Jørn Gjelstad, ambassador of Norway in North Macedonia.

The work on the school started in November 2019 and, due to the favourable weather conditions were concluded in the last four months. The grant in Kavadarci is one of the four infrastructure grants for improvement of local infrastructure awarded by the Kingom of Norway through the Nordic Support for Progress of North Macedonia project implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services - UNOPS.