Wind Power News: Iceland
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National Planning Agency has agreed Biocraft’s next step in building a wind farm in Þykkvabær, South Iceland. Biocraft built two wind turbines in the area for a trial in 2014. The trial was successful and the company now wants to build 11 more. The area has been given the name Vindaborg, Wind City. The next step is an evaluation. The National Planning Agency asked that the environmental factor will specifically be looked into, the effect on the surrounding nature and . . . Complete story »
Plans are afoot to set up a wind farm near the South Iceland harbour town of Þorlákshöfn. The proposed wind farm is the brainchild of Arctic Hydro, who presented the plans to local authorities yesterday afternoon. According to Arctic Hydro engineer and CEO Skírnir Sigurbjörnsson, the turbines (shown in an artist’s impression above) are to be located some 3-4 km from the town of Þorlákshöfn, one of two departure points for ferries to the Westman Islands. The turbines would be . . . Complete story »
Ten windmills are set to be raised in Þykkvabær, south Iceland, but local residents have started a petition calling for an end to the project. RÚV reports that an environmental assessment still needs to be made, and when all is said and done, construction could be as late as two years away. Nonetheless, the project is already facing local opposition. 50 area residents – a considerable number for an area as sparsely populated as Þykkvabær – have signed a petition . . . Complete story »
Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Doherty has today (Monday) called on Minister Alan Kelly to do more to protect communities from the divisive nature of wind farm developments, stating that the interests of communities must come before those of developers. The Stranorlar Municipal District councillor made his comments ahead of tonight’s public meeting in Crossroads, Killygordon which has been organised by locals opposed to the planned wind farm development for Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff. “As we’ve already seen from the recent . . . Complete story »
About 150 objections to a proposed windfarm were yesterday handed to planning officials at Cork County Hall as part of a public protest by residents. A petition of 300 signatures against the windfarm in Barnadivane and a document containing the community’s official objection to the project will be submitted to the authorities shortly. The protest at County Hall by about 40 residents follows a community ‘walk of solidarity’ on Sunday. Planning permission has been sought for the construction of six . . . Complete story »
Europe’s largest wilderness is paying the price of Iceland’s decision to market cheap, “green”, renewable electricity to the world, as a massive new smelter nears completion. Across a pool of oily water deep inside a rocky cavern carved into a mountain, two steel pipes stretch up into a black void. They rise as high as the Empire State Building. Within weeks these pipes will be connected to enormous turbines and some 40km (25 miles) away, the waters of a 57 . . . Complete story »