Boosting renewable energy usage: contact point empowering investors in Slovenia

The seven Local Energy Agencies of Slovenia have partnered with BORZEN d.d. – a Slovenian company that operates in the field of energy – to establish Borzen’s contact point, dedicated to promoting the use of renewable energy sources (RES).

Boosting renewable energy usage: contact point empowering investors in Slovenia

This initiative aims to provide investors with crucial information and expedite investments in the renewable energy sector.

The contact point operates as a dual-function resource:

1. The contact point assists investors in navigating the complexities of obtaining permits and necessary approvals for the construction, reconstruction, renovation, or operation of production facilities. This includes facilitating their connection to the grid.

2. It also guides investors through the intricacies of support programme processes related to renewable energy. Assistance is provided for a series of different applications – all using renewables: electricity and heat production, production of gaseous fuels (including hydrogen) and biofuels, cogeneration with high efficiency, utilisation of excess heat in district heating systems, and energy storage.

To enhance the support offered, a comprehensive series of guidebooks has been developed, covering different topics (production sources and technologies; procedures for construction, grid connection, and operation; legal organisational statuses and tax-financial aspects; etc). While some sections are still under development, such as the implementation of RES in cultural heritage buildings, the guidebook for the installation of small RES power plants is already available in the Slovenian language.

The initial set of guidebooks was collaboratively developed by Borzen and SODO (Slovenian Electricity Distribution Operator), with subsequent contributions from the consortium of energy agencies, serving as experts in the energy field. These guidebooks help public and private investors in establishing energy power plants through renewable energy sources. They encompass every step, from documentation and legal requirements to the available technology in the market.

While concrete figures and effects on communities are yet to be fully realised, a promising development has emerged. From the perspective of the Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP), 16 municipalities in the Spodnje Podravje region have either initiated or are in the process of documenting the setup of solar photovoltaic systems on public buildings.

In conclusion, this RES contact point for promoting renewable energy usage stands as a pivotal resource for investors in Slovenia. It provides essential free-of-charge support, guidance, and a wealth of information to propel the renewable energy sector forward, contributing to a sustainable and green future.

This best practice is extracted from our publication ‘Sustainable Regions in Action‘. Discover more best practices here!