Súdwest-Fryslân paves the way for small windmills in farmyards. Last night, the council accepted, but fear of the mill is dividing people’s minds.
The politicians themselves called for it in 2019. Then the Súdwest-Fryslân council passed a motion asking the province to allow the installation of small solitary windmills, with a mast height of 15 meters, on farmyards.
The Provincial Council responded to this and decided last summer to make possible a maximum of three wind turbines on existing farms, under certain conditions. Farmers can become energy neutral with a mix of solar panels in addition to wind power.
Now that the Commission has drawn up a first memorandum which allows for the installation of such small wind turbines, the majority are happy that a decision has been taken in favor of sustainable development, but a number of parties are nevertheless afraid.
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If the landscape is not even more disturbed by authorizing these mills, the FNP is afraid, which prefers to see a spatial vision before accepting. The VVD wishes to opt for the grouping of larger wind turbines for more efficiency. Alderman Erik Faber underlined that it is not the intention of the turbines which are purely intended for the electricity consumption of the farmer. According to him, a spatial vision is not necessary because the province has already tested the mills extensively.
The CDA and the D66 are in favor, but strongly hope that the inhabitants of Nij Hiddum-Houw will be spared even more factories. In this wind farm at the head of Afsluitdijk, nine turbines with a peak height of 177 meters will be built. Faber promised that a large circle would be used around the villages of Cornwerd, Zurich and Wons, without additional windmills.
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