Plans to replace turbines divides community of Dongereradeel
1 May 2006
A project to replace 16 small wind turbines in Friesland with six large machines rated at around 3 MW each has divided the local community of Dongereradeel. While the town council has given consent for the repowering, a survey which attracted 2800 responses from local people revealed that nearly 30% were against it. Led by a local doctor, the initiators of the project are a group of existing turbine owners and several farmers who are expecting it to cost in the region of EUR 18 million. The opponents are worried about the visual impact of six turbines reaching 90 metres into the sky. The wind farm is expected to generate around EUR 2 million for the local economy and any residents close to the turbines will be provided with free electricity. Around 36% of the output will go to the owners of the 16 decommissioned turbines and some 45% to private shareholders. Twenty percent of the profits will be earmarked for renewable projects in the region. Shares in the project will be offered for EUR 250 each. The wind farm is forecast to generate 45 million kWh a year.
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