The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) developed the pre-feasibility study for the project on the comprehensive thermal modernization of school buildings in Ternopil. The project includes 83 buildings (kindergartens, secondary schools, educational centers, etc.). Currently, most of them are connected to the district heating system and use individual heat substations (IHS) with weather-based and time controls. Almost all buildings have an insufficient level of heat protection of the building envelope, have no district hot water supply, and their hydraulic and heat systems are unbalanced. They use outdated single-pipe heating systems, incandescent lamps or lighting fixtures with fluorescent lamps. The general feature of many public buildings selected is non-compliance with the parameters of heat mode, air exchange and illumination intensity in the premises, etc. Though many of these buildings have implemented an energy monitoring system (in manual mode) and energy certification system.

The feasibility study contains two packages: the first package includes the implementation of the full set of energy efficiency measures suggested as a result of the energy audits, over five years in all 83 buildings. The cost of this package – € 22.5 million. It would save annually over 30,000 MWh of energy (or UAH 40 million).

The second package provides for the implementation of measures in the buildings with insignificant deviations between the baseline level of energy consumption and the actual level. It will be applied to 59 buildings and will cost € 14.7 million. Its implementation would save annually almost 20,500 MWh of energy (or UAH 27.5 million).

The proposal calls for taking out a loan from the European Investment Bank within the framework of the Ukraine Municipal Infrastructure Program, as well as grant funds of the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund (Е5Р Fund).