PRAPRETNO SPP BEST ENERGY-EFFICIENT PROJECT AS CHOSEN BY THE READERS OF THE NEWSPAPER FINANCE
The Prapretno Solar Power Plant project was chosen by the readers of the newspaper Finance as the winner in the Energy Efficient Projects category. The first major “solar” project of the HSE Group thus convinced not just professionals, but also the wider public. At HSE, we are extremely proud of the award, and it gives us additional impetus in projects with which we take large and important steps towards a climate-neutral society.
The Prapretno SPP broke new ground in the solar power development of Slovenia in several respects: It is the first solar power plant with a power output greater than 1 MW, for which building and operating permits were obtained following the appropriate procedure, the first large solar power plant to be erected in a degraded area, and the first to be connected to the distribution network. It stands on a 120-metre high landfill of fly ash, slag and gypsum, by-products of the use of brown coal in the Trbovlje Thermal Power Plant (TET), which was permanently shut down in 2014. The Prapretno SPP also has great symbolic meaning for the HSE Group and the local environment: We are once again reviving the production of electricity on a restored location, but this time in an environmentally friendly way.
The Prapretno SPP project was of interest to various sectors of the public throughout the construction period. The power plant has become the basis for the preparation of research projects in which various educational and scientific institutions actively participate, as well as a study ground for agrophotovoltaics and analysing the accompanying land use. This is primarily used for the production of electricity, but also for agricultural activity. Before construction, the area of the solar power plant was used for mowing grass and as a sheep pasture. As the Prapretno SPP is considered an example of good practice, members of the project team also gave a tour of the energy facility to several groups of journalists, students, professors, researchers, representatives of politics, industry, and business, as well as local societies and associations who were interested in the story of Prapretno and proudly accompanied and supported it.
“The sun is an unlimited source of renewable energy, which we will also use in HSE. The projects of large solar power plants are an integral part of our development plans, and the solar power development of Slovenia is a decisive step towards a climate-neutral society. This award means a lot to us and only further encourages us to carry out green transition projects,” emphasised Dr. Tomaž Štokelj, Managing Director of HSE, at today’s award reception, which was also attended by the Executive Director for Investments of HSE Marko Bahor, M.Sc., and the Manager of the Prapretno SPP project Nenad Trkulja, M.Sc.