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Wind Power News: Cyprus


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 14, 2020 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Rare eagle found dismembered most likely killed by wind turbine, authorities say

A rare eagle which was found dead on Monday was most likely killed by a collision with a wind turbine, the Game Fund announced on Wednesday. Officers of the Game Fund found the Bonelli’s eagle in an area with wind turbines near Kosi – Ayia Anna on Monday after a transmitter with which it was fitted kept sending a static signal. The dismembered eagle is believed to have been hit by a wing of a nearby wind turbine. This is . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2020 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Rare Bonelli’s Eagle found dead near wind farm

A rare bird of prey, Bonelli’s Eagle, was found dead by the Game and Wildlife Service, probably killed after it crashed into a nearby wind farm turbine at Ayia Anna, just outside Larnaca. It was one of 25 Bonelli’s eagles that have been tagged by the Cypriot authorities as part of the #LIFEBonelliEastMed programme and carry a tracking transmitter, which indicated it had stopped moving. The Game Service said this bird, a medium-sized eagle with distinctly elongated legs and massive . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2020 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms and birds a deadly mix

A new Norwegian study has concluded that if just one of the [three] white blades of a wind turbine is painted black, it would cut bird deaths by 72 per cent. Colouring the blades makes it easier for the birds to spot and avoid flying into them. Which [raises] the question of what the Cyprus government is doing to prevent the killing of birds and bats by turbine blades, given the largest wind farm, Orites, alone has 41 turbines. Orites . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2019 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

‘Shameful’ projects will harm nature says Birdlife

The Paphos-Polis highway, the wind farm in the protected Koshi-Pallourokampos area, and the EAC photovoltaic park within an important bird area near two Natura 2000 sites in the Akrotiri peninsula are three planned projects which are “cases of shame”, BirdLife Cyprus said on Tuesday. “At a time when nature is facing an unprecedented crisis, states now more than ever have an obligation to protect their Natura 2000 sites,” the environmental NGO said. “In the case of Cyprus, however, the state . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2019 • Cyprus, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Three heavy blows to Cyprus nature in undermining Natura 2000 network

At a time when nature is facing an unprecedented crisis, states now more than ever have an obligation to protect their Natura 2000 sites. In the case of Cyprus, however, the state is not only failing to protect these precious sites, but it is destroying them by its own hand, turning a blind eye to the biodiversity crisis and even its own laws. Below are three current ‘cases of shame’ when it comes to the protection of the Natura 2000 . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2017 • Cyprus, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power is a shameful waste

Some months ago, I wrote a piece for the Sunday Mail about the inordinate waste of public resources in spending Cyprus’ entire alternative energy budget on dozens of wind turbines. This scandalous waste of money was perpetrated by a minister who evidently did little or no homework or research on the issue and was thus responsible for all these unsightly bat and bird killers and the creation of entirely uneconomic electricity. The degree of parasitical energy to keep the turbines . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2014 • Cyprus, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

A few dozen almost useless behemoths

It is a year or two ago that I several times drew attention to the inefficiency, wastefulness, and ugliness of the wind turbines a former energy minister foisted upon this island, using virtually all the alternative energy budget available at the time. I invited whatever authority is responsible to advise us exactly what the cost/benefit of our turbines is – but answers came there none. However, the 2011 electricity demand (latest figures recorded) in Cyprus was 4.7 gigawatts and It . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2008 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Larnaca locals protest wind farm plan for outskirts of town

Residents of Psevdas have protested against the Community Council’s decision to move ahead with the creation of a wind park south of the community. Locals met on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate against the Community Council’s decision. The plan involves the installation and the operation of three wind turbines on a hillside around three kilometres away from the residential area of Psevdas. According to the Larnaca Press News Agency, during the demonstration a document was revealed showing that the Council’s decision . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2007 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Bird concern over wind farm plan near Cape Greco

A row has broken out over the proposed site for the creation of a wind farm in the Famagusta area. According to the Green Party, the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) has issued a licence for the Cape Greco National Park, with CERA saying the site is actually in Ayia Napa. A Green Party statement expressed concern over CERA’s decision. “We are not opposed to wind farms and the exploitation of their energy and have for decades been requesting the . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2007 • CyprusPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm protest forces workers to abandon site

Residents of the village of Ayios Theodoros in Larnaca yesterday carried out a protest against plans for wind farms in the area. After a community meeting on Wednesday night, the village council decided to hold a demonstration at the “˜Kalatrikas’ area 1.3 kilometres outside the residential area of the village. Inhabitants of the Ayios Theodoros village were at the scene by 4am yesterday, planning to disrupt the work of the construction company. After a heated debate between residents and construction . . . Complete story »

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