The Luče energy community was established as a demonstration pilot within the Horizon 2020 project COMPILE, to show the opportunities of energy islands for decarbonisation of energy supply, community building and creating environmental and socioeconomic benefits.
The Luče Energy Community is part of Horizon 2020 project – COMPILE. The project’s goal is to foster the development of local energy systems and boost the use of local energy sources through innovative storage solutions supported by new organisational measures and business models.
The COMPILE project aims to activate and use local energy systems in order to support the fast growth of energy production from renewable energy sources (RES) in constrained networks, and foster the transition from centralised system with passive users into a flexible network of active users forming energy communities. This transformation aims to enhance RES integration and increase the security of supply, without the need to reinforce traditional networks.
The village of Luče is in a remote part of Slovenia and has a weak connection to the national energy grid. This has historically led to problems with supply and reliability of energy services in the area. In order to solve this significant issue, and to reduce the cost of electricity, the residents of the town decided to form Slovenia’s first energy community.
Actions carried out:
- Installation of additional 102 kW PV panels
- Installation of community battery (150 kW/333 kWh)
- Installation of 5 household batteries
- Installation of EV community charging point
- Integration of Home Energy Management System
- Integration of Micro-grid control
In addition to providing energy security and affordability to an isolated community, there were a number of social and economic benefits acting as the driving force, for instance in relation to the local agricultural business and the developing eco-tourism.
Likewise, the community initiative reflected the already existing local community cohesion in this rather remote area, as well as their existing drive towards a sustainable future, led by a community frontrunner and initiator who had already integrated RES in the local energy profile and furthermore supported the engagement of members during the energy community project.
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