By Staff Reporter
A SLEW of products and services designed to save energy and water consumption will be on exhibit at the SAVENERGY & ENIROTEC expos 2014, to be held from September 19 to 21, on the grounds of the Cyprus International Fair.
Speaking on Thursday at a press conference, head of the Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEV) Michalis Pilikos said the federation believes the sector of renewable energy can support the Cypriot economy, and urged the public to visit the two exhibitions and make use of the products and services on offer.
During the opening ceremonies, awards for energy saving will be given out to businesses and household consumers. Energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis will be opening the two exhibitions.
Stelios Stylianou, general manager of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) noted that in recent years the utility has launched a number of important projects which aim to save on the use of electrical energy, adding that in 2012 and 2013 fuel costs accounted for 60 per cent of the EAC’s total expenditures.
Stylianou also referred to a street lighting pilot project which could save up to 48 per cent of the energy used from 2014 onward. At the same time, he said, the EAC is actively involved in the development of large-scale photovoltaic systems and also has a special offer on small PV systems available for financially vulnerable groups. During the first quarter of 2015 it is expected that over 3,000 smart meters will be installed, he added.
Energy ministry official Andreas Lizides said that for the period 2014 to 2020 the ministry has secured €53m from EU structural funds for energy saving measures and renewable energy projects in homes, businesses, government buildings and local administration buildings. A subsidies scheme for businesses and homes has already been prepared, he added.
A programme promoting the use of solar energy on 5,000 roofs using net-metering and the promotion of energy production by businesses using PV systems are already underway, Lizides said.
A total of 6,200 applications have been submitted, of which 2,488 from low-income consumers who are entitled to a grant of €900 from the Renewable Energy Sources Fund, which included €6m in its budget for 2013 to 2014.
A total of 4,108 systems with a capacity of 12.2 MW are in operation.
Olympia Stylianou, permanent secretary at the ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment stressed the need to develop and adopt measures to increase water resources. Securing water supply is a top priority for the ministry, she added.