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Ministry receives EUR 1.7 million in ELENA European grant funds for energy renovation of public buildings

At the beginning of November 2017, the European Commission reported that it had approved ELENA (European Local ENergy Assistance) technical assistance for the Ministry of Infrastructure in the maximum amount of EUR 1.7 million. This is a grant intended as additional assistance for the energy renovation of public buildings. It is the first such grant at the state level in Slovenia.

ELENA technical assistance is a joint initiative of the European Investment Bank and the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. ELENA grants are intended for the co-financing of programmes and measures in the area of energy efficiency, distribution of renewable energy resources and urban transport. They can also cover costs related to feasibility studies, market studies, programme planning, business plans, energy audits and financial structuring, as well as costs related to the preparation of various public procurement procedures, contractual arrangements and entities for carrying out projects.


The Ministry of Infrastructure at the invitation of the EIB drafted an application for the approval of technical assistance for the co-financing of the drafting of technical and economic documents in order to apply for certain operations for co-financing the energy renovation of public buildings. Therefore both the state and local-level public sector institutions that carry out energy renovations of public buildings will be able to obtain grants amounting to 90% of the eligible costs in the phase before applying cohesion grants and the compiling of the required documentation (expanded energy audit, project documentation, investment project document identification, investment programme, pre-investment plan, feasibility study, implementation plan, preliminary PPP procedure, etc.).


ELENA grant funds will be available for a three-year period from 2018-2020, and one of the conditions for obtaining them is that the total investment in the energy renovation of public buildings is at least 20 times the value of the approved technical assistance.