Since its establishment in 2007, the Municipality of Šentrupert has been investing extensively on its energy supply in order to achieve its target of being fully self-sufficient in terms of electricity and heating requirements by 2020.
Currently the Municipality of Šentrupert gets 70% of its energy needs for electricity and heating from renewable sources. More specifically wood biomass provides 90% of the entire heating requirements of the town. About 50% of the electricity demand of the town is covered by renewable sources, mainly hydro (39%) followed by co-generation from wood biomass plant (10%) and solar PV (1%).
In 2009 the Municipal Council adopted the Local Energy Concept which was summarized in a report outlining current energy efficiency measures, new energy solutions and how to increase general consumer awareness on energy issues. In accordance with the established Action Plan, an Energy Manager was appointed to keep track of the energy supply and consumption levels (“energy accounting”) and to promote the use of renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficiency measures (EE). The data gathered by the energy manager has already been proven useful particularly for the new biomass heating systems.
Within the framework of the Local Energy Concept, the Municipality of Šentrupert decided to improve the heating system of the school buildings of Šentrupert Elementary School as well as of the gym and the new kindergarten. A new biomass boiler was installed in the school basement which resulted in CO2 emissions reductions of 131 tons per year. In August 2010, the construction of the first energy efficient wooden building in Slovenia was completed.
In 2014 the boiler room in the prison complex at Dob became operating. The prison complex is now heated by woodchips which is an abundant local renewable resource. This wood chips system has also recently started to be used to produce simultaneously electricity and heat. During the spring, after the end of the heating season, the local producers of wooden boxes scattered throughout the entire Mirna Valley have become the new providers of woodchips replacing the original supplier company. Thanks to this local sourcing systems, savings in biomass purchases sum up to 200,000 € per year. Another interesting project developed as part of the Local Energy Concept involved the construction of a greenhouse to produce 3000 tons of tomatoes per year on an area of 4.5–5 hectare to meet the needs for food self-sufficiency, especially with vegetables. The heat requirements for the greenhouse will be supplied by a public company Energetika Šentrupert which will provide 50 new jobs.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014