We have infected LAG Mezilesí
Before a start of our project “100% RES communities” the Kněžice village was the only one lonely oasis of green energy in Nymburk region. While now when we are finishing it a broader territory is affected including regional catchment centres.
Meetings and discussions in the region and in Prague, repeated excursions in the Czech Republic (CR) and Austria, articles on the project website as well as on the website of the cooperating Association for the Rural Renewal of the CR (in the special section for the national RURENER club), occasionally on the Czech RES league website or in periodical “Modern village” (our medial partner) and also distribution of brochures about RES Champions League 2013 and 2014 helped us to disseminate information and address potential followers.
Thanks to home and foreign experience we can see in LAG Mezilesí examples of growing interest in RES and energy savings even in movement towards energy self-sufficiency. Let us present at least three of them:
- Five villages of LAG figured out according to the example from Austria advantage of common steps during the SEAP development and cooperation during the implementation of chosen actions (e.g. one company prepared BEI for all of them; one supplier of public lightening modernisation using LED diodes was advantage too; villages representatives discuss now cumulative offer of a supplier of wood chips boiler and of fuel, …).
- According to inspiration from European examples when municipality builds its own network system or at least a part of it Kněžice thinks of more intensely a plan about own electricity network. It used excavation pit for other networks and laid down ca 100 m long cable for the future municipal system. It plans it together with the company Nano Energies which distributes electricity in the CR and redeems power from the local biogas plant with CHP.
- The village Chroustov (among others) thinks of rendition of a subsidy or a loan for RES to citizens who commit to exchange of non-ecological heating system and reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality eventually in addition to get contribution from a government or a regional fund. They have inspired with Austrian and with Jindřichovice examples of municipal subsidy.
We could quantify father: an overall awareness of alternative energy at mayors, municipal representatives and citizen has increased (some of them have already installed a low-emission boiler on biomass or insulated their house); it seems now that mayors agreed on a need to provide regular advisory days for citizens by a power engineer specialist who would be able to give advise regarding ecological heating or to prepare a subsidy application form … Let us summarize these examples concisely: we have the region healthily infected concerning reduction of emissions and movement towards energy self-sufficiency!
Author, photo: Karel Merhaut