A five-year, 100 million euro program to install air conditioning units at schools was announced yesterday by Education, Culture, and Sports Minister Prodromos Prodromou.
He said the intention to install the units was initially announced in September 2021 and came at the behest of Democratic Rally leader Averof Neofytou.
He noted that a scientific group made up of officials from the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) and the University of Cyprus is working to create a suitable bioclimatic environment and thermal conditions.
At the same time, Prodromou added, the pilot project PEDIA is underway.
The PEDIA program is funded by the EU and is aiming at the energy upgrading of public schools. The program, ie Promoting Energy efficiency & Developing Innovative Approaches in schools, initially includes 25 schools from all over Cyprus and the improvement work will bring energy savings amounting to 250,000 euros annually for these 25 schools.
Minister Prodromou said the 25 schools have been selected among 100 and it may likely be extended to other schools.