Energy-efficienct street lighting in Moldova

An implemented street lighting modernisation project in the village of Feștelița, with approx. 3,000 inhabitants in south-eastern part of Moldova, is the first Nefco financed project in the country. The installed measures have resulted in 52% annual electricity reductions compared to the situation prior to the project.

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Facility for Energy Saving Credits

The Energy Saving Credits (ESC) loan programme offers small scale financing to municipalities in Armenia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine for investments in social facilities such as day-care centres, schools, hospitals and street lighting.

The funding can be used for energy-saving measures in connection with the refurbishment of public buildings and modernising the street lighting. The energy-saving measures can include renovation of heat sub-centrals, installation of individual heat substations, insulation of walls, ceilings, pipes and replacement of doors and windows to energy-efficient alternatives as well as replacement of fluorescent and mercury-vapour fixtures with environmentally friendly LED lights.

The Nordic Initiative for Energy Efficiency and Humanitarian Support – Ukraine (NIU) also finances municipal projects for energy-efficiency improvements in public buildings in five regions in Eastern Ukraine. Read more about this programme here.

Focus is on:

  • Renovation of social facilities to reduce energy consumption and increase the lifetime of the buildings
  • Annual heat energy savings of approx. 30-45%
  • Environmental savings, such as reduction of CO2, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and dust emissions
  • Annual cost savings of approx. 25% of the investment
  • Establishment of best practices in procurement and project implementation

Loan financing

The maximum loan amount granted from this Facility is the equivalent of EUR 500,000 in local currencies. Nefco can finance up to 90% of the project costs. The payback period of the investment is up to 5 years with an interest rate of 3%. Project payback is calculated by dividing the total project cost with the anticipated annual cost savings generated from the project.


The Energy Saving Credits loan programme is financed by the Nordic Environmental Development Fund, which includes contributions from all Nordic countries, Nefco and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nefco acts as the implementing agency.

How to apply?

Contact our investment team for further information.

The programme page in Romanian

The programme page in Armenian

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