Tilting at windmills

Tilting at windmills

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TIJOLA and Lucar landowners are appealing against the compulsory purchase of plots to make way for three windfarms.
Five turbines are planned for the Parrancanas area, four in Arce and five more in Espilo.
The land is currently used for pasture or to cultivate vines, almonds, olives and fruit trees but one owner, Joaquin Terron, told La Voz de Almeria that pylons to transfer the electricity produced by the turbines have already been installed.
“They acted without warning and without going through the expropriation process,” he complained.
The company in question is owned by Jesus Martin Buezas, former son-in-law of Florentino Perez, who is president of ACS and also Real Madrid football club.
The windfarm project was launched with a €57 million investment, obtaining Junta permission in 2010. It came to a halt in 2013 before recommencing in 2017.
According to the Tijola and Lucar landowners, the Environmental Impact studies have now expired although the company maintains that they have been renewed.
The Di No a las Torres (Say No to the Towers) platform is calling for a “fair” ecological transition that generates dispersed renewable energy, based on energy-conservation and self-supply.
The platform also warned that installations like the proposed windfarms could help to depopulate rural areas “while benefiting big business.”

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Linda Hall

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