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Photovoltaic system of the Lower Austrian municipality of Litschau and WEB Windenergie AG in operation | One step closer to the vision of a power-neutral Litschau | W.E.B offers local residents cheaper electricity rate
On January 17, 2020 around noon, the photovoltaic system on the roofs of the town’s elementary school and kindergarten was put into operation by the Lower Austrian municipality of Litschau and WEB Windenergie AG. The new solar power plant will generate clean and regional electricity.
Featuring an installed capacity of 112.1 kWp, the photovoltaic system will produce about 110,000 kWh of clean energy per year. The local indoor pool and the kindergarten are expected to require about 40,000 kWh for themselves. The generated surplus in electricity is fed into the public power grid.
Litschau Energy Councilman Johannes Heißenberger: “The implementation of this project adds another large and visible puzzle piece to our vision of a power-neutral Litschau. It is certainly conceivable that a few more projects could enable Litschau to generate as much electricity as the municipality actually needs. We will also accomplish this goal thanks to our energy efficiency measures that are already realized in numerous communal buildings to permanently reduce our demand for electricity.”
The municipality of Litschau takes a great step towards their “Litschau energy concept” in cooperation with a regional partner. Countless measures have already been implemented since the development of this energy roadmap in 2015. Their next milestone is the reduction of energy consumption to, by now, half of the original value next year.
They are on the right path according to Energy Officer and Head Official Jürgen Uitz: “The total energy consumption (heat and electricity) of all public buildings was reduced by 18 percent from 2018 to 2019. This success confirms our strategy of actually doing something positive for our climate and environment, while at the same time optimizing the running costs of administration.”
W.E.B CEO Frank Dumeier: “Regional partnerships play a fundamental role in the energy transition. We are all the more thrilled to have found such a determined partner in the municipality of Litschau. Just take a look at the forests in the Waldviertel region to see that climate change has already begun to affect our landscape. It has never been more important to work together for climate protection. Electricity from renewable sources – be it solar or wind – is a central building block for our future.”
According to the usual practice, local residents in particular benefit from the production of clean electricity. The special electricity rate “W.E.B Green Energy resident” enables Litschau’s population to obtain clean and regional energy from W.E.B power plants in Austria at favorable conditions.