Since 2007, the electricity provider Slovenske Elektrarne supports projects for the environment in the High Tatras National Park (TANAP). This project named “Energy Conservation”. The main objectives of developing and maintaining biodiversity. For this, the projects mainly concern the installation of new energy sources with low environmental impact, and implementation through monitoring of endangered species.

The latest project for monitoring the movements of golden eagles and peregrine falcons from their nests. Cameras placed near nests to more than 1600m above sea level and powered by photovoltaic solar panels, have observed remote bird evolution into adulthood. Associated with traditional raised rings transmitters on birds, the whole system has enabled zoologists to identify different populations and map their territories. Thus, seven pairs of golden eagles, lesser spotted eagle 18 pairs and 10 pairs of peregrine falcons have been identified. Following the significant decline in these populations during the second half of the twentieth century, zoologists observe now in the recolonization of the High Tatras National Park.

Other projects on biodiversity for wolf populations of lynx, chamois and marmots of the High Tatras. Again means of observation were used to assess their territory, the size of their populations, their breeding, their nocturnal activity and the food chain in which they are involved.

Regarding the reduction of the ecological footprint, ENEL and Slovak Technical University (STU), with several cottages have high mountains of the means of production of electricity from renewable energy. Thus, the Teryho chalet (2015 m) was equipped with solar panels thus avoiding the release of 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Soon, the Green Lake cottage (chata pri zelenom plese – 1551m) should be provided with a small hydroelectric power (10 to 15 kW) to replace the current generator.

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