Submitted by: AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Concerted effort for renewables in the Region Weiz
In their project Energy in Minds, the participating organizations WEIZ, Feistritzwerke Steweag and AEE Intec in cooperation with the 17 municipalities of the energy region Weiz-Gleisdorf demonstrate that the implementation of various measures to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewables can significantly reduce the need for fossil fuels. Within four years the emission of greenhouse gases has dropped by almost 20% due to high-quality building renovation, the installation of thermosolar and photovoltaic systems, and the use of biomass from pellets to plant oil. Furthermore, the field testing of new technologies comprises a core element of the project: renovation of a nursing home to meet the passive house standard, a plus-energy neighborhood, the first communal waste water heat pump system in Austria, the first biogas micro-power plant, a pellets stirling engine, and a pellets micro-power plant have all been implemented in the region.