Renewable energy System: Niepolomice, Wieliczka, Skawina and Miechów

Progetto concluso
Monitoring visit of a residential building with solar collectors
The use of renewable energy improves the air quality in a nature protection area. © SECO

The project aims to reduce emissions by introducing renewable energy sources in the communes of Niepołomice, Wieliczka, Skawina and Kłaj in Southern Poland. The four communes foresee to install geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaic systems and solar collector installations on public buildings, like schools, health care facilities and student residences, as well as to equip private households located in the area of Natura 2000 sites with solar panels providing energy for heating and hot water.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Proteggere l’ambiente
Efficienza energetica ed energie rinnovabili
27.01.2010 - 31.03.2017
CHF 14'369'355

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The project's overall objective is to improve air quality in the project region which is to a large extent a vulnerable and therefore protected nature area. This will be achieved by reducing emissions from domestic and public hot water systems as well as by using solar power for electricity and geothermal heat pumps for heat generation. It contributes to the implementation of the Polish government's energy policy (particularly with regard to increasing the share of renewable energy in the national energy balance and reducing emissions).


The goal of the project is to improve health and living conditions for the whole population in the covered region and to improve environmental conditions, particularly with regard to air quality, in the covered region.

Gruppi target

The direct beneficiaries are public institutions and private beneficiaries carefully selected to participate in this project. They will not only benefit from reduced emissions and better air quality, but also from a higher disposable income as less conventional fuel needs to be purchased. Indirect beneficiaries are the approximately 60'000 inhabitants of the four municipalities due to reduced emissions and better air quality.

  • Purchase and installation of complete solar systems for domestic hot water production on carefully selected residential buildings
  • Purchase and installation of complete solar systems for hot water and heat production on carefully selected public buildings
  • Purchase and installation of geothermal heat pumps
  • Purchase and installation of photovoltaic systems

Risultati raggiunti:  

  • Solar systems have been installed on 4,058 residential and 26 public buildings.
  • Nine heat pumps and 20 photovoltaic systems have been installed on public buildings.
  • Thermomodernization of 40 public buildings.
  • LED lighting has been installed in 18 public buildings and 400 LED lamps have been installed as street lighting.
  • Substantial reduction of CO, CO2, SO2, NOx and dust emissions has been achieved.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Contributo svizzero all'allargamento dell'UE
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • National Coordination Unit
  • Polish Ministry of Development

Partner attuatore
Niepołomice Town and Commune

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   14'369'355 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   14'064'336
Fasi del progetto Fase 15 01.07.2011 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Fase 14 01.09.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Fase 12 01.09.2010 - 15.02.2017   (Completed) Fase 11 20.07.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Fase 10 20.07.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Fase 9 20.07.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Fase 6 23.12.2009 - 31.01.2015   (Completed) Fase 4 25.02.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Fase 3 19.05.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Fase 2 27.01.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)