Rhodoshop project aims at assisting local public authorities and other stakeholders in small sized rural municipalities in Rhodope Region of Bulgaria in successful launching and implementation of sustainable energy projects.
The launch (kick-off meeting) is scheduled for 27 of September 2017, it will be held in Smolyan, in parallel with ARM General Assembly Meeting and will involved apart from Rhodoshop consortium members SEC and ARM also the mayors/maoyors’ representatives of the six participating municipalities.
The main topics to be discussed are the set up of the Rhodoshop on-stop-shop and the requirements for the staff to be recruited and the two investment pipe-lines to be realized – for public buildings and for street lighting .
The project focuses on creation of a pilot programme for financing investment by establishing Rhodoshop Programme Development Unit (PDU) - a structure to act as central procurement agency on behalf of local authorities to undertake energy retrofitting works in their buildings and street lighting systems. Rhodoshop PDU represents innovative financing model of One-Stop-Shop replicated in Rhodope/Bulgarian context, focused on building investment project pipelines that will combine/bundle suitable projects in the subscribed municipalities (currently six with the possibility to include others in the course of work) in order to gain critical mass and get better financing terms