In Czech Republic, POWER UP will implement a pilot scheme in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm.
The city is one of the 6 European pilots that act as “living labs”: each of them will implement novel business models around renewable energy or energy efficiency services together with households affected by energy poverty and with local stakeholders (municipalities, social organisations, energy utilities, citizen cooperatives etc.).
Although a definition of energy poverty and pilot studies on the issue exist in Czech Republic, energy poverty is still not officially measured. Currently there is a Czech pilot in the city of Litoměřice as part of the European project SCORE. It’s the testbed for a prosumer model that explicitely includes women and low-income households. In POWER UP, the Czech partner SEMMO will mostly work with energy poverty groups and also other socially vulnerable groups affected by the Covid pandemic such as young families and pensioners.
For almost 10 years SEMMO and its members have been implementing RES and EE projects. In the POWER UP pilot city of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, a community solar PV project will be initiated that will benefit energy poor households. It is intended that the largest part of the energy produced (50% – 70%) will be sold and consumed in the local area whereas the unused surplus will be sold to the grid.
For the implementation of the pilots, SEMMO and its members will be supported by the Modernisation Fund administrated by the Czech Ministry of Environment as community energy projects have now become eligible.
SEMMO is the Czech Association of Energy Managers of Towns and municipalities. Based in Prague, it gathers 13 cities and one region with strong interest in sustainable energy, energy efficiency and community projects. Most of its members have signed the Covenant of Mayors to which SEMMO is committed as a supporting organisation.
Each pilot organisation has found a ‘sparring partner’ organisation in its region which expressed its intention to replicate the pilot scheme.
The Czech sister organisations to benefit from the project will be recruited amongst SEMMO members.