Submitted by: Intereco 21
Implemented country: Bulgaria
Title: Bulgarian houses with geothermal heat, solar electricity and biocomposting
Velingrad is a town in the Rhodopi Mountain in Bulgaria. There are 82 thermal springs with hot mineral water in the area. None of them had been used for heating so far. The community living in the town and the surrounding area is ethnically diverse and the poorest stratum is the gypsy (Roma) population. The initiative encompasses three goals (phases): composting of garden waste to provide livelihood for Roma and other minorities (estimated €2400 per year); heating of residences with available geothermal energy; electricity from roof-mounted solar panels.