Within the framework of SMARTEL project, the European Association of Electrical Contractors – AIE will host the fourth partner meeting in Brussels. Representatives of the University of Panevezys as well as members of various vocational training centers and NGOs from Spain, Lithuania, Greece and Bulgaria will meet on 26.04.2018 to discuss the open educational resources in the field of smart metering and home automation technologies, and the progress of opening a massive open SMARTEL online course (MOOC) to service electricians, builders and fitters of energy facilities and installations, electrical contractors, etc. The course will include the 6 learning units that have already been developed, including topics such as: home automation, smart control networks, sensors and actuators, programming and installation of “smart” devices, and so on.

This is the last meeting for the partners, but in the autumn of 2018 there will be two demonstration seminars in Lithuania and Spain and 3 national information days in Belgium, Greece and Bulgaria for which additional information will be published.

For more information: www.smartel-project.eu

European climate initiative and high-level event on climate policy took place in Berlin, Germany on 22.02.2018. The Bulgarian deputy-minister of environment Atanska Nikolova and representatives of the German ministry of environment were among the participants. SOFENA is a partner in the project “Municipal Energy Management” developed under the initiative.


The kick-off meeting of a new project “Municipal Energy Management” was held on 19.02 and 20.02.2018 in Hameln, Germany. KAW, SOFENA, EnergaP and KREA, respectively from Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania are partners. The implementation of a systematic municipal energy management (MEM) contributes greatly to long-term energy savings and a sustainable facility management. It is planned the project to be a pilot one and to be for the implementation of a MEM in order to gather experience with participating municipalities. Central project goals are capacity development and transnational networking through: transnational exchange of know-how and coaching; revealing the benefits of MEM for municipalities and developing new and innovative ways to implement and finance MEM. The project is developed under EUKI Program.

Do you know that if you reduce your thermostat temperature by just 1˚C, you can decrease your heating costs by 8%?

Heating makes up half of energy use in the average office over winter, so your potential to save money and carbon is huge.

Take part in the START2ACT Winter Challenge for a chance to win an Amazon Echo (Alexa enabled). It takes just 5 minutes to enter and two lucky winners will be selected to receive the main prize.

Five runners up will win a seven day timer to help you to save energy at work or at home. Every participating company will receive a START2ACT energy saving starter pack. Terms and conditions apply.

How do we take part?


Take a photo or film a video clip of how your company reduces the need for heating Write a description of the action(s) – just a sentence or a short paragraph Email step 1 and step 2 to info@start2act.eu* or send it to @START2ACT using #S2Achallengeon Twitter or Facebook

The competition is open now and will close on Thursday 8th March 2018.

For more information: http://uk.start2act.eu/interactive-energy-saving-platform/energy-saving-competition

On 15 October 2017 a new project for the promotion of energy management in municipal buildings was launched. Leading partner is the German organization Klimaschutzagentur Weserbergland gGmbH. There are also SOFENA – Bulgaria, ENERGAP – Slovenia and KREA – Lithuania.

Energy consumption in buildings in the administrative sector generates 15% of annual CO2 emissions in Germany. The EU Buildings Directive focuses on public buildings because they also work as a good example that can achieve a multiplier effect. The implementation of a project for energy management in municipal buildings (EM) is related to the long-term management of energy consumption and the achievement of savings through sustainable methods. A pilot project for the implementation of the EM is envisaged in order to gather experience with the participation of municipalities.

The main objectives of the project are capacity development and transnational networks through:

  • international exchange of know-how and trainings – revealing the real benefits for municipalities – developing new and innovative ways to implement and finance EM

The project aims to illustrate the EM’s good practice and to generate services, ideas and experiences to deliver at the higher political levels.

To be more effective, it will also include activities to encourage municipalities and establish sustainable structures and processes.

Sofia Energy Agency – SOFENA, with the kind support and in cooperation with the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), organized the last business breakfast for young and start-up SMEs within the project START2ACT, which took place in the hall of BIA in Sofia, on 17 November, 2017.

29 representatives of 20 companies and organizations from the capital have participated in the event – mainly start-ups and young SMEs.

SOFENA team has demonstrated the opportunities that the involvement in project activities offers and has invited the business representatives to join the platform, to register for e-learning and to participate in the autumn energy saving competition.

The followed discussions have been on topics as staff motivation and the follow-up project activities. The participants also shared their experience in saving energy on the workplace.

SOFENA hosted the two-day third meeting of the SMARTEL project consortium on 23 and 24 October 2017, which took place at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG) Learning Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources. The aim of the meeting was to finalize the already developed training materials and discuss the development of the online training system – SMARTEL MOOC. The partners got familiar with some of the latest and most modern methods of energy efficient equipment.

Within the framework of SMARTEL project, Sofia Energy Agency will host the third partnership meeting in Sofia. Representatives of the University of Panevezys, as well as members of various vocational training centers from Spain, Lithuania, Greece and Belgium, will gather on 23.10.2017 at the Training Center for Energy Efficiency and RES in Buildings at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG) to discuss the progress in implementing the project objectives, such as: modernizing vocational education and training (VET) for electricians; overcoming the lack of intelligence-measurement programs and training courses, as well as home automation skills and competences.

The meeting is supported by EnEffect, that kindly provide the Learning Center hall, established under the European Train-to-NZEB project, funded by the “Horizon”2020 Program (http://www.eneffect.bg/button/?category_id=171&page_id=579).

There are trainings in the Center for construction specialists, installers and others interested in the concept of passive and almost nearly zero energy buildings.

A program of the event can be found here: SMARTEL_3rd Project Meeting Agenda

For more information: www.smartel-project.eu

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