AER – Apartment-Building Efficiency Retrofits
In order to make apartment-buildings more energy fficient and to help the residents reduce energy consumption, we are implementing this pilot project with apartment – buildings in 6 Municipalities in Kosovo: Gjakova, Lipjan, Mitrovica, Novoberdo, Prishtina and Viti. In total 622 families will benefit from a $3,452,939.80 investment by MFK and MCC.
HER – Household Efficiency Retrofit
700 households across Kosovo have been retrofitted to become more energy efficient, reduce electricity bills and change behaviors when using electricity. Using a total budget of $6019382.91, around one thousand households across Kosovo will have insulated walls, changed windows and doors, changed the boilers or their ventilation system, and be able to live in more comfortable, more affordable homes.
WEI – Women in Energy Internship Program
Nearly 250 girls and women have been placed for 6-month-long paid internships with energy sector companies throughout Kosovo. This program has specifically focused on women without prior professional experience. In fact, over 30 percent of former Women in Energy interns have converted their internship programs into full time jobs as engineers, researchers, and project leaders in the energy sector. This program has been crucial for building a pipeline in Kosovo for women to enter STEM fields—especially in the historically male-dominated energy sector.
WES – Women in Energy Scholarship
This program provided comprehensive technical education and practical training to 26 women from 25 different Kosovo municipalities at DMACC in Iowa, USA. Women in Energy Scholars were selected in a highly competitive process for a two-year study program in energy-related fields. Upon graduation, WE Scholars were awarded Associate Degrees in technical fields that are already adding immense value to Kosovo’s energy sector. This group of women earned degrees in fields like Wind Technology, Renewable Energy, Solar Technology, Power Plant Technology, Manufacturing, Electrical, Construction Trades, Water and Wastewater Tech, Tool and Die, and Information Technology.
WEE – Women in Energy Entrepreneurship
The Women in Energy Entrepreneurs supported around 400 women entrepreneurs with technical assistance and grant incentives to help grow their business through efficient use of energy . 20 Kosovar women owned entrepreneurs selected in the competitive process, attended for a six month the Businesses Acceleration Program, part of the WEE program in partnership with the Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Over 2 million dollars were disseminated to women entrepreneurs through three types of grants available to accommodate different needs of women entrepreneurs across the country, small (SIMPLE) , medium (ADVANCED) and larger grants (SMART). Investments included production equipment (machinery, ovens, refrigeration, etc.), heating-ventilation-and-air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, auxiliary equipment (pumps, motors, compressors, etc.), building related energy efficiency measures (insulation, windows), renewable energy solutions (solar PV panels, solar water heaters, solar dryers, etc.), but also equipment used in energy audits and energy assessments.