Zlatograd makes investments to improve its citizens’ standard of living
The municipality of Zlatograd is located in Southern Bulgaria in the Rhodope Mountains. The population of the municipality amounts to 11,471 inhabitants while its total area is 173,371 km2. 81 % of their territory is occupied by forests.
Zlatograd Municipality combines rich natural resources with cultural and historical heritage. There is a geothermal energy source on its territory. Moreover, in Zlatogard there are five PV power stations with
total capacity of 130 kW as well as a mini hydro power station (400 kW).
One of the border crossing point between Bulgaria and Greece is located near the town of Zlatograd, which stimulates the economic development and especially the tourism industry of the Municipality and the region as a whole.
The municipality adopted a “Programme for fostering the use of renewable energy sources (RES) in the municipality of Zlatograd for the period 2014-2020”.
Zlatograd Municipality has signed up to the Covenant of Mayors in 2015 and their SEAP is in process of elaboration.
Three buildings (two schools and the municipal administration) have switched to biomass. This resulted in annual reduction of energy consumption by 588.85 MWh/year and CO2 savings of 452 t CO2/year.
Within the project focused on LED Street lighting retrofit in the town of Zlatograd, 860 pcs sodium bulbs and 63 park lamps were replaced with more efficient LED bulbs, while 246 lamps were replaced with LED bulbs (30 W).
It is expected that the implementation of this project will result in:
- Annual CO2 savings 178.16 t CO2/y and improved air quality;
- Annual energy savings 260.78 MWh/a;
- Annual cost savings of 23,275 EUR
In order to imlement this project, Zlatograd Municipality invested the amount of 93,662 EUR using its own resources.