OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) mentoring in PROSPECT Learning Cycle 3
The group participated in two online peer learning sessions. During Step 1 of the Learning Programme, an online session (Orientation session) took place on the 25th of June 2019. At this first online session, ESV presented the ‘EPC in Upper Austria’ bundle of projects, which covers 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 Gunskirchen the following savings were achieved: 78,300 kWh of electricity, 12,500 € of electricity costs, 28,000 € of maintenance costs, as well as a CO2 emission reduction of 36 tons.
During Step 2 of the Learning Programme, a second online session took place on the 18th of July 2019 and Mentee representatives had the opportunity to present their own projects, pointing out their special needs as well as the respective sectors in which they intended to gain knowledge and experience.
The Mentees will visit ESV in Upper Austria to learn about EPC in public lighting
Step 3 includes the physical meeting, where representatives from all the participating cities and regions will have the chance to talk in detail about all the stages of their project and become more familiar with clean energy best practices via targeted site visits. The visit is programmed for the 27th and 28th of November 2019.
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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