The Renewable Energy Cluster Wzgórz Trzebnickich includes the five suburban communities of Prusice, Oborniki Śląskie, Wisznia Mała, Wołów i Żmigród and serves a total of 72.6 thousand people.
With early projects to begin in the municipality of Prusice, the Renewable Energy Cluster Wzgórz Trzebnickich will construct numerous photovoltaic and bioelectric power plants in the coming years.
– We are currently completing a tender process for seven photovoltaic installations on rooftops of municipal buildings to be built this year – says Igor Bandrowicz, Mayor of Prusice. – In addition, we have signed a contract for the design of a photovoltaic power plant with an estimated power of 450 kW in Wszemirów. In September we should get a building permit. Even if the work starts in the late autumn, we will be able to continue construction into the next season – he adds.
A location for a photovoltaic power plant has already been identified by Wisznia Mała, in an area belonging to the municipality, formerly used as a landfill site. – We plan to allocate an area of about 2 ha for the power plant to serve an energy demand of about 2 MW – says Jakub Bronowicki, mayor of Wisznia Mała. – At the end of April, Britain celebrated its first day without the use of coal for electricity. It’s a real milestone for the British, and hope for us to see that day too – he adds.
Installations will also be constructed in other communities involved in the cluster. – Everything is still in its initial stages. We do not have sites suitable for photovoltaic power plants, so it is already known that we will have to lease land from private individuals – says Jacek Włosek, Deputy Mayor of Wołów.
Arkadiusz Poprawa, mayor of Oborniki Śląskie, does not complain about lack of land. – We have a lot of land on which we can build renewable energy plants. However, a specific decision on location has not yet been made. Our aim is to create energy for our own needs. This will reduce costs, and more resources can then be allocated to the budget – says Arkadiusz Poprawa.
In turn, the municipality Żmigród is in the process of selecting from one of several possible locations of the future power plant.
– Renewable energy is essential today in every municipality. – says Robert Lewandowski, Mayor of Żmigród. – It is of great importance not only when it comes to environmental protection but also because it introduces new innovations while lowering the costs associated with the running of a municipality and increasing the possibility of obtaining external funds for the implementation of planned investments. That is why our cooperation in this area is so important.
The coordinating organization, known as Prusice PS Energetyka Odnawialna, was formed by the municipality of Prusice and Polski Solar Holding who together are responsible for preparing a comprehensive development strategy towards the realization of renewable energy investments within the Renewable Energy Cluster Wzgórz Trzebnickich. The establishment of the cluster also provides access to additional grants, including national and EU funding.
Ultimately, the cluster will allow the member communities to build “energy islands” towards achieving local energy independence. The anticipated benefits of the cluster, as coordinated by Prusice PS Energetyka Odnawialna, will amount to a total of about 12 MW of installed capacity in all four municipalities.
Polski Solar Holding is involved in other energy cluster programs including in Lower Silesia.
– These clusters allow for more flexible and efficient control of energy production, which will translate into specific savings for municipalities. It is also worth adding that, according to our calculations, we will produce surplus energy that can be used for Wroclaw’s needs as well. – emphasizes Jacek Ryński, a member of the supervisory board of Prusice PS Energetyka Odnawialna.
On May 16, the Renewable Energy Cluster of the Lusatian Land, which includes the five other Lower Silesian municipalities of Olszyna, Gryfów Śląski, Leśna, Siekierczyn and Lubań, was established with the facilitation of Polski Solar Holding.
According to the Renewable Energy Act, the area of energy cluster activity must not exceed one district or five municipalities and its coordinator should be one of its members.