OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) is mentoring about EPC for public lighting

The mentor ‘OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) (AT)’ and mentees ‘Western Development Commission(ΙΕ)’, ‘AE3R Ploiesti/Prahova (RO)’, ‘Municipality of Maia (PT)’, ‘Coimbra Region (PT)’  and ‘Black Sea Energy Cluster (BG)’ of the 3rd Learning Group for Public Lighting participated in two online peer learning sessions. +Mentors' Corner

The learning activities officially started on the 24th of July 2018. During this first online session, ESV presented the ‘EPC in Upper Austria’ projects, which cover the sectors of Public Lighting (Municipality of Bad Schallerbach, Municipality of Gunskirchen, Large-scale conversion to LED in Wels, Gas station "Pink"), Public and Business Buildings and Renewable Energy Installations. It supports energy efficiency projects and investments in renewable energy technologies in the public and business sectors. The key to the programme's success is the combination of a strong supporting facilitation service (information & advice services offered by the regional energy agency) and a financial incentive offered by the regional government. Overall, this has led to a functional and well developed Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market in Upper Austria with many EPC projects implemented each year. More than 200 contracting projects were supported (about 100 in municipalities, 50 in companies and 50 in institutions), with a total investment of around 65 million €. For example, in the Municipality of Bad Schallerbach the following savings were achieved: 130,900 kWh of electricity, 19,500 € of electricity costs, 20,000 € of maintenance costs, as well as a CO2 emission reduction of 60 tons.

During Step 2 of the Learning Programme, a second online session took place on the 20th of November 2018. The mentees presented a number of energy efficiency projects in their cities and specific needs to be addressed by the mentor during the physical meeting visit.

Mentees visited ESV in Upper Austria to learn about EPC in public lighting

The 3rd PROSPECT learning group for public lighting conducted a physical meeting in Upper Austria on the 26th and 27th of March 2019, in order to exchange experience and knowledge about setting up Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). The scheme, which is considered both a financial and operational mechanism, has been implemented in Upper Austria for more than 20 years with the support of the mentor OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV).

Western Development Commission (Ireland) was represented by O. Nic Suibhne, AE3R Ploiesti-Prahova (Romania) was represented by B. Potlogia, R. Sorokin and C. Csaszar, Black Sea Energy Cluster (Bulgaria) was represented by T. Tonev and Coimbra Region (Portugal) was represented by L. Santa and N. Pomar.

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In the context of the learning programme, the participants had the chance to enhance their expertise on how to finance and implement street lighting through Energy Performance Contracting. The programme included a mix of short online sessions and a 2-day hands-on visit. More specifically, the first day included an introductory seminar on EPC including streetlighting and calculation of concrete examples of the mentees. The second day included a site-visit. Participants had the opportunity to visit an experienced ESCO and have an overview of different street lighting types. Finally, the following projects were presented:

  • LED Street Lighting, City of Wels: conversion of 3,860 lighting points to LED technology, energy savings of more than 1,251,000 kWh/a, energy cost savings of 200,000 €, overall investment costs of 1,656,000 €.
  • LED Street Lighting, Municipality of Gunskirchen: 80% renovation of the entire lighting system, energy savings of more than 78,300 kWh/a, energy cost savings of 12,500 €/a, overall investment costs of 796,400 €.

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Replication/Transferability

The 4th and last Step of the Programme will include an online session dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of the peer learning activities.

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