Renewable Energy in the Area of Natura 2000 in the Suski Poviat

Project completed
123 solar panels for hot water
Since December 2012, the regional hospital of the Suski district has been receiving its hot water thanks to solar energy. © SECO

In the Suski district, private households account for an important share of environmentally harmful emissions. Some 60% of these emissions stem from coal based devices used by households for heating and domestic hot water production. Through the installation of solar systems, the project aims at improving air quality in valuable nature reserves by reducing emissions from mostly coal based water heating systems of private households and the regional hospital in the Suski district.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
19.05.2010 - 31.12.2016
CHF  4’837’389

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


The Suski district is home to an important variety of flora and fauna that is protected by five Natura 2000 sites. Since there are no significant industrial premises located in the region, private households account for an important share of the overall polluting emission in the area. Due to dispersed settlements, there are no central heating installations and most households have coal based heating devices.

  • Improvement in health and living conditions for the whole population in the covered region
  • Improvement in environmental conditions, especially air quality, in the covered region
Target groups

The direct beneficiaries are the district hospital in Sucha Beskidzka and private households within or in proximity of valuable nature reserves. Indirect beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the wider area.

  • Purchase and installation of complete solar systems for domestic hot water production on more than 2'900 carefully selected residential buildings.
  • Purchase and installation of a complete solar systems for hot water production in the regional hospital of Sucha Beskidzka.

Achieved results:  

  • Solar thermal systems installed on 3007 residential buildings and on one hospital.
  • Solar systems were installed on 34% of the households located in the Poviat, which significantly contributes to the effect of scale of the project and its demonstration character.

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
Sucha Beskidzka Poviat

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’837’389 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’718’927
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)