An MOU signed with the Municipality of Viti on Apartment Building Retrofits
Municipality of Viti, represented by the Mayor, Sokol Haliti and Millennium Foundation Kosovo (MFK), represented by MFK CEO, Petrit Selimi, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formally agreeing to join the effort in successful implementation of the investment project of Subsidies Energy Efficiency Retrofits (SEEK) in Multi-family Apartment Buildings (AER). Viti is another municipality which has been selected by a World Bank process, along with Prishtina, Gakova, Lipjani, Mitrovica, Novo Brdo, and Gracanica, to receive financial support in retrofitting selected apartment buildings for energy-saving purposes.
Through SEEK Intervention, MFK will invest over 20 million euros in retrofitting circa 700 apartment units as well as around 2000 individual households across all of Kosovo, while investing in energy efficiency measures, reducing the consumption of electricity for heating as well as increasing consumer awareness of energy-saving measures and their long-lasting benefits.
This MoU is to ensure that MFK and the Municipality of Viti will work closely together in the area of energy efficiency measures, ensuring investments from Threshold program supported by US federal agency MCC, while strengthening organizational structures and further developing and improving energy efficiency measures in the municipality through incentives for improving energy saving measures.
On this occasion, Mayor Sokol Haliti expressed his appreciation to MFK and MCC for investing in the municipality of Viti. “This investment will positively impact the households in the municipality, while raising the awareness on energy saving as well as reduction of air pollution.”
MFK CEO, Petrit Selimi, stated that “Activities improving energy efficiency of households and apartments in Kosovo have direct impact in people’s economic conditions, and will help Kosovo institution create a viable long-term mechanism in reducing the energy consumption on the household level”.
MCC Country Director, Sarah Olmstead, stated that MCC is glad that this MOU is being signed today, representing the culmination of a great cooperation with the municipality. “We look forward to seeing works begin soon to improve the comfort and efficiency of apartments in Viti” Mrs. Olmstead added.
Subsidies for Energy Efficiency in Kosovo – SEEK is an activity implemented by Millennium Foundation Kosovo, an accountable entity responsible for implementation of the $49 million Threshold agreement, agreed between Republic of Kosovo and Millennium Challenge Corporation in 2017. MFK’s mission statement calls for accelerating Kosovo’s transition to energy independence and good governance. Kosovo Threshold Program addresses two key constraints to Kosovo’s economic growth: an unreliable supply of electricity; and real and perceived weakness in rule of law, government accountability and transparency.