City of Svoge / Bulgaria
The city of Svoge's approaches to using renewable energies by 2020
"A. Stambolijski" Str. 7
In 2003 and 2004, the Bulgarian city of Svoge passed laws regarding the modernisation of the power industry as well as energy efficiency. The local authority then started early on exploiting existing natural resources to develop a decentralised, regenerative power supply. In an initial step, nine small hydropower plants with a total capacity of 25 MW were planned. Two plants with a total of 6 MW are already in operation. The remaining seven hydropower plants will be built by 2014. In cooperation with the environmental working group of the German Bulgarian Forum, a seminar on the use of further renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics and wind power was given in 2008. This resulted in cooperation with firms and investors in Germany. The paths taken include the realisation of 2 photovoltaic power plants. A further project will see the construction of a wind farm with a capacity of 25 MW. Furthermore, the erection of a biomass power plant to generate power and heat is being planned in order to utilize the region's existing wood reserves. Svoge has already taken a great step forward with regard to the exemplary objective of generating nearly 100 % of its power supply from renewables. Since the representatives of the atomic industry in Bulgaria are still very influential, the commitment of the local authority is particularly noteworthy and this encourages other towns in Bulgaria and other eastern European countries.