Although the energy transition has stalled in recent years, it is sometimes taking place right on our doorstep. At an open inauguration party on the outskirts of the Hanover region, visitors were allowed to penetrate right into the windmill.
Within a few months, two N163/5.7 wind turbines from Nordex were installed near the Dahle settlement, located between the town of Springe and the town of Bad Münder. Based on a test model in Schleswig-Holstein, these are the first wind turbines of this type in Germany. They are 245 meters high and are expected to produce 5.7 megawatts of power per wind turbine. Converted to one year, more than 16,000 people would be supplied with electricity, the operators explain.
However, they cannot start as planned. Interested parties were able to take a close look at the wind turbines this Wednesday at an inauguration ceremony that had been planned for a long time, but due to delivery problems, the park will probably not be able to feed the first electricity into the grid until mid-July. The start was initially planned for April, then at the end of June – after a total project duration of seven years.
Too few responsible persons in authorities
Nevertheless, the success is celebrated during the inauguration party. The project at Dahle was not blocked, the administrations of the district of Hameln-Pyrmont cooperated well. There weren’t even any delays due to Corona.
There is often a bottleneck here, explains one of the managing directors of the Landwind Group, Alexander Heidebroek. Sometimes there are too few people in the authorities who could put their stamp on the projects. Not only companies like Landwind noticed this, but also schools that would like to have an internet connection or air filter systems, for example.
Dahle’s planning process could also have gone wrong. But as Heidebroek says, everything went well here. For Dahle alone, 19 property owners had to be spoken to so that the project could be carried out. These included churches, a foundation and an animal protection association.
In the marquee, Alexander Heidebroek thanks everyone involved. In particular, he honors an employee of the district of Hameln-Pyrmont who is now retiring. If there were more specialists like Mr. Holweg, “we would be a lot further along with the energy transition,” he says.
(Image: Kristina Beer/heise online)
In addition, many different trades are part of the wind farm construction. During his acceptance speech, Heidebroek lists them all. Surveyors, a foundation contractor, safety and health coordinators, surveyors, landscapers, trucking companies and other subcontractors.
An accident with two injured overshadowed the construction work. Those affected are now on the road to recovery.
Citizen participation through energy cooperative
However, the work on site for the Landwind Group does not end with the construction of the wind farm. The company founded an energy cooperative to coincide with the inauguration of the park, which is intended to enable citizens to hold shares in the wind park.
Here is implemented what Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and other politicians have been planning for the energy transition for a long time. people become prosumers; consumers and producers. They produce energy themselves, become shareholders and grid feeders, but also use the electricity for their own consumption. Energy production is decentralized and placed more in the hands of citizens. In this way, those involved can also benefit from significantly lower energy prices.
It’s not easy to get the two tall plants in one photo. This did not work well when visiting heise online. The Neue Deister Zeitung, which reports regularly on the project, helped out here.
(Image: Neue Deister Zeitung)
With this model of public participation, politicians hope, among other things, to reduce prejudices and resistance against wind turbines in the population and to gain more land for wind farms.
LandEnergie Bürger eG
According to Heidebroek, an annual return of around 3 to 6 percent will be possible for shareholders in “LandEnergie Bürger eG”. People can participate from a bet of 2000 up to 20,000 euros. The influx is already very large without advertising.
Since Landwind not only operates the wind farm near Dahle, the investment is well secured. The company has been planning and managing wind energy projects since 2001. Should there be a problem with one of the wind turbines, Landwind still operates around 120 wheels, which can continue to turn and generate energy. In addition, 30 to 40 systems are currently being planned for the next four years.
Municipalities can look forward to acceptance payments
The Landwind Group is also committed to the acceptance of the surrounding communities. For the municipalities of Bad Münder and Springe, this means around 25,000 euros each year as an acceptance fee. The possibility of such a levy to the municipalities was created with the EEG 2021. 95 percent of the trade taxes for Bad Münder would then be added.
Both Springe and Bad Münder will certainly be happy about this, as there was even a dispute in the past about the area that is now being used. The wind park is actually much closer to Springer residential development than to Münderscher – but the park is still in the Bad Münder area. Springe initially saw himself as disadvantaged by this constellation. However, there is no longer any trace of these quarrels during the inauguration ceremony.
Wind turbines used to be much more part of the landscape, but they were part of grinding mills.
(Image: Detlef Erasmus/Neue Deister Zeitung)
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