Hebertshausen relies on its own energy production

It is not yet clear what the first project of the new energy company in the municipality of Hebertshausen will look like, but Mayor Richard Reischl (CSU) already has ideas about where things should go in the next ten to 15 years: “Very soon” all municipal buildings should have photovoltaic systems (PV) on the roofs, an open space project is being created next to the sewage treatment plant. Wind and biogas are used and a local heating network is set up.

At its last meeting before the summer break, the municipal council unanimously decided to found the municipal company Energie Hebertshausen (KEH) and provided it with start-up capital of 100,000 euros. The distant goal is to make the community independent, or at least more independent, of imported energy. “Then we don’t care whether Putin, if he’s still around, turns on the gas tap,” said Reischl.

There are also three external experts on the Supervisory Board

After the holidays, the mayor cannot yet say who will be the managing director of the company, but he emphasizes: “We are talking to a very good applicant.” He hopes that the personal details of the supervisory board will be clarified by November at the latest. Until then, all three factions can nominate one member of the municipal council each, until then the three external experts have also been determined. Already fixed are Thomas Böswirth, engineer for energy technology from Schwabhausen, and Max Götz from Markt Indersdorf, expert for the energetic use of renewable raw materials. Mayor Reischl, who himself acts as chairman of the board, would also like to have a wind power expert.

The first task of the new managing director will be to create an energy concept for Hebertshausen and its districts. The location for the first open-space photovoltaic system has already been determined: it will be on a community property next to the sewage treatment plant, which is the community’s biggest power guzzler. The concept will also include potential areas for further PV systems and a wind turbine. “I am firmly convinced that we cannot avoid a wind turbine. We simply need a good mix. But never with an external investor as long as I am mayor,” emphasizes Reischl. He imagines a cooperative “in which the citizens are co-owners”. And of course the search for a location will be completely transparent, with early information.

heat from electricity

The mayor of Hebertshausen is a trained electrician, he knows what he is talking about when he describes container-sized batteries in which the renewable energy is stored: “In the next five to 20 years we will generate so much electricity that it can be converted into heat .” That will cost a lot of money, but it should pay off: in terms of security of supply, price guarantees and regional added value. Also for the community, which as an energy producer would get a more reliable source of income than the uncertain income and trade taxes.

Mayor Reischl is aware that the emotionally charged topic of wind power could also become difficult in Hebertshausen, which is exactly why farmers and the population should be involved, not only informally but also financially. Ten years ago there were still many complaints about the wind turbine in the neighboring town of Pellheim, but now, Reischl argues, everyone sees “that it’s not even that bad.”

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