Province Groningen grants permits five wind farms

The province of Groningen has granted an environmental permit for five wind farms this week. Pondera Consult was involved in the preparation of three of these wind farms. This concerns Oostpolder wind farm (EIA and permits for Innogy and Waddenwind), Oosterhorn wind farm (sub-studies of EIA, permits and spatial support for Millenergy) and Delfzijl Zuid wind farm Expansion (EIA, zoning plan and permits in collaboration with Ventolines). Together, these three wind farms account for around 235 MW, contributing to more than a quarter of the provincial sustainability targets and 12% to the national sustainability target. Pondera Consult is proud to have been able to contribute to this big step in the energy transition.

All provinces have concluded an agreement with the government on 31 January 2013 to provide space for 6,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy on land in 2020. For the province of Groningen, this means a target of 855.5 MW of wind energy. The province chooses to concentrate the wind farms at three locations. Recently, permits have been granted for five different projects within the Eemshaven and Delfzijl concentration areas. Pondera Consult was involved in three of these projects.

Oostpolder Wind Farm is a project started by agricultural entrepreneurs in the area. During the m.e.r. procedure it turned out that there were good cooperation possibilities with innogy layers. Innogy clears up a number of older turbines in the Eemshaven and receives a number of more modern wind turbines instead. In this way, optimal use is made of the space provided in the area. At the moment, Pondera is preparing the subsidy application for the Waddenwind wind turbines.

Uitbreiding Delfzijl Zuid

The expansionWindpark Delfzijl Zuid consists of a wind farm of 16 wind turbines. The wind farm will be located directly to the south of the existing Delfzijl Zuid wind farm. Pondera Consult wrote the EIS, prepared the zoning plan and supported Ventolines that applied for the environmental permit on behalf of the wind farm’s initiators.

Wind turbines are also being built on the Oosterhorn industrial park. There is room for 18 wind turbines on the industrial site. the location of the wind turbines is precisely integrated to optimize the combination of business park with wind turbines. Ponndera Consult has drawn up the spatial foundation, preparing the permit applications for both construction, environment and nature. In addition, Pondera has contributed to the EIA for the industrial area, specifically for the part concerning the wind turbines.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (m.e.r.) issued a positive recommendation for three wind farms for which Pondera wrote the EIA or contributed to it (Oosterhorn).

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