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Announcement of a call for proposals: Increasing the efficiency of energy generation in existing small hydropower plants (up to 2MW)”


The Minister of Climate as the Operator of the “Environment, Energy and Climate Change” Programme announces a call for proposals for co-financing of projects aimed at “Increasing the efficiency of energy generation in existing small hydropower plants (up to 2MW)”, to be financed from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 with an amount of EUR 3,000,000, i.e. PLN 12,995,700 [1].

1. Aim of the Call for Proposals

The main aim of the Call for Proposals intended to co-finance projects in the programme area: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security shall be to increase the efficiency of energy production from renewable sources and to mitigate the potential adverse environmental impact of existing small hydropower plants (up to 2MW) through their modernisation.

Implementation of the project should result in the reductions of CO2 emissions while maintaining the highest cost efficiency.

Projects should include educational activities aimed at training professionals in the field of hydropower.

2. Type of projects

The purpose of the projects shall be to modernise existing hydropower plants (up to 2MW) to increase their efficiency and reduce their impact on the environment through measures such as:

  • Modernisation of equipment and installations for energy production;
  • Safety improvements;
  • Adaptation of hydroelectric power plants to environmental protection requirements and other legal obligations, including requirements resulting from River Basin Management Plans. Such as clearing river sections, updating the size of non-detrimental flows and protective measures limiting the impact of hydroelectric plants on water fauna;
  • Reconstruction with the purpose to adapt the installation for the sale of energy directly to a final recipient (on the direct line or possibly within energy cooperatives);
  • Educational/training activities.

Prior to the modernisation, the power of the installation cannot be higher than 2 MW.

[1] The amount of the allocation of the Call for Proposals given in EUR and subsequently recalculated into the national currency and expressed in PLN, using an average monthly currency exchange rate as published in the Official Journal of the European Union (the C series), calculated for the last six months preceding the month when the call is announced, where EUR 1=  PLN 4.3319). Grant amount in PLN is indicative. The grant shall be awarded in EUR, but the funds shall be paid in PLN, based on the European Commission’s monthly accounting exchange rate of the Euro (EUR/PLN) for the month in which the payment of the funds will be made.

[2] In line with the Programme Agreement for the EEA Grants Programme for “Environment, Energy and Climate Change” in Poland


Increasing the efficiency of energy generation in existing small hydropower plants
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Administrative and eligibility criteria
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Merit criteria call for small hydropower plants
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Letter of intent template
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Partnership agreement template
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