After one-hour debates and familiarization with details regarding the proposal of SNC “Hydrogen Valley Stara Zagora” to establish the Association and apply for financing a project for the construction of a photovoltaic plant and the production of green hydrogen, the municipal councilors gave their support. 32 of the elders voted in favor and 4 abstained. From the original proposal, point 2 was dropped, stating that the Municipality of Stara Zagora will be an honorary member of the SNC.
From the rostrum of the Municipal Council, Stara Zagora Mayor Zhivko Todorov called for more information to be provided to the public on the subject in order to avoid speculation. “At this stage, you consent only to the establishment of the Association and participation in the open reception of documents under the Horizon Europe line. Today’s decision protects the interests of the Municipality and its people. If the project is won, the subsequent actions will again depend on the Municipal Council. Support today does not obligate you in the future. The project has the potential to create something useful for Stara Zagora. We must be responsible, but also active,” Mayor Todorov addressed the councilors at the beginning of the extraordinary meeting.
The proposal states that the Association declares the development of a project – “Zagora Sustainable Hydrogen Region” (written in English: “Zagora Sustainable Hydrogen Region”, abbreviated – ZAHYR), which is based on the understanding of the conversion of intermittent electricity from a photovoltaic plant ( green electricity) in hydrogen (green hydrogen) to be stored, transported and used as an energy carrier in the directions of hydrogen electromobility, industrial applicability and electricity production according to a predetermined time schedule and load-power profile. This approach ensures controlled emission-free energy production and is an applied demonstration on a practical industrial scale of the European goal set in the Fit55 programs and the updated RePowerEU strategy – 100% clean electricity.
The establishment of the right to build – according to Art. 45 paragraph 8 of the NRPUROS of the Municipality of Stara Zagora, will be submitted for discussion and voting only after SNC “Hydrogen Valley Stara Zagora” certifies that the “Zagora Sustainable Hydrogen Region” project has received approval and funding.
The meeting of the local parliament was also attended by engineer Julian Strumski, who answered the questions of the elders on the subject on behalf of the Association