Here is the first town to become self-sufficient in energy
Kaposvár would like to become self-sufficient in energy by 2050, reports napi.hu. Urban buses have already been changed to be gas driven, and several urban institutions are supplied with biogas. The town plans further projects with the help of governmental and EU sources, according to deputy mayor Zsombor Borhi.
Kaposvár would like to operate independently by producing energy for itself. They would connect energetic developments to smart solutions. Therefore, they have planned the construction of the new sewage farm so that they could use the produced biogas to provide the recycling centre, right next to the farm, with energy.
Urban buses and the public bath have already been supplied with the biogas produced in the sugar factory of Kaposvár. Moreover, they make attempts at applying green solutions in the cases of all the buildings waiting for renovation. For example, they improve the energy efficiency of the buildings by putting solar cells on their rooftops.
“We cover most of the expenses with the sources of Regional Development Operational Programme (TOP) available for the towns with county rights. The renewal of the sewage farm was financed by the Environment and Energy Operational Programme (KEOP). There will also be several investments in energy saving and efficiency developments within the scope of the Modern Cities Program – said Zsombor Borhi.
Kaposvár takes the deadline of 2050 seriously: it already takes part in the ELENA project (European Local ENergy Assistance). Thus it tenders for the sources of Brussels. They plan to use the sources in energy sufficiency and saving investments and develop such a measurement system that could provide data about energy use.
Biogas power plants are getting more and more popular in Hungary: such a power plant is being built at the border of Balatonszabadi from about 4.5 million EUR, part of which (2 million EUR) was supplied by an EU tender. The power plant will produce the electric power that can satisfy the necessities of 2500 households from farmyard manure and by-products of plants from autumn on.