Renewable Energy Sources in the Wisloka River Basin

Project completed

Air pollution and emission levels in Southern Poland are substantially higher than in Western European countries, due to the common use of coal for heating purposes. The project aims to improve air quality by introducing renewable energy sources in the Union of the Wisloka River Basin Communes. Solar systems for hot water production will be installed on private and public buildings, and photovoltaic systems for electricity generation will be provided to selected public buildings.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
01.09.2010 - 31.03.2017
CHF  18’300’143

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


In line with the EU directive on renewable energy, Poland has set itself the goal of increasing renewable energy use to 15% of overall energy consumption.


The project's overall objective is to improve air quality in the project region, which is a protected nature area. The project will reduce emissions caused by coal based heating systems by introducing renewable energy sources in the Wisloka River Basin region. Furthermore, solar power will be used to produce electricity for public buildings.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary of this project is the Union of the Wisloka River Basin Communes as the institution responsible for the implementation of the project, as well as the 4’266 households participating in the project. Indirect beneficiaries are the 243'000 inhabitants of the region due to reduced emission and better air quality which is a result of the shift from coal to renewable energy sources.

  • Purchase and installation of solar systems for heating water on 105 public buildings.
  • Purchase and installation of solar systems for heating water on 5'950 private households.
  • Purchase and installation of 49 photovoltaic systems on public buildings for generating energy.
  • Campaign to promote the use of renewable energy (conferences, tv spots and promotional movies, trainings sessions, study visits).
  • Installation of equipment for impact monitoring.

Achieved results:  

  • 8,250 solar systems on private houses, 103 solar systems on public utility buildings and 49 photovoltaic systems installed.
  • 21,600 Mwh/a solar energy produced per year in participating buildings.
  • Annual CO2 emissions dropped by 10,300 tons

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • National Coordination Unit
  • Polish Ministry of Development

Implementing partner
Union of Towns and Communes of the Parseta
River Basin

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    18’300’143 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    18’150’572
Project phases Phase 15 01.07.2011 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 14 01.09.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)

Phase 12 01.09.2010 - 15.02.2017   (Completed) Phase 11 20.07.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Phase 10 20.07.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 9 20.07.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Phase 6 23.12.2009 - 31.01.2015   (Completed) Phase 4 25.02.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 3 19.05.2010 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 2 27.01.2010 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)