A wind energy project can also be approved and implemented relatively quickly. In the municipality of Neuendorf in the Eifel district of Bitburg-Prüm in Rhineland-Palatinate, two wind turbines have been in operation since the beginning of February 2023 – three months earlier than planned. The two Vestas V150 turbines each have a rated output of 4.2 megawatts. The hub heights of the turbines are between 123 and 166 metres, the rotor diameter is 150 metres, and the total height is a maximum of 241 m above ground. Project manager Eva Karlowatz expects an annual electricity harvest of around 25,000 kWh/year.
“With this we can mathematically supply approx. 5,000 more households (with an annual electricity consumption of 5,000 kWh/year) with climate-friendly electricity,” says Eva Karlowatz.
The application for approval was submitted in mid-2019; Two years later, EnBW received the building permit in time for the Federal Network Agency’s tender in September 2021.
The challenge in the approval procedure was the parallel approval process for the partial update of the Prüm zoning plan because no permit could be issued without a valid zoning plan. As part of the process, the EnBW project team also relocated three ant hills near the construction site in spring 2022 under the guidance of the German ant protection station.
“We would like to thank the district administration of the Eifel district of Bitburg-Prüm and the Prüm association of municipalities with the municipalities of Neuendorf, Reuth and Stadtkyll as well as the state forest of Rhineland-Palatinate for their successful efforts in the context of the approval process,” says approval planner Stefan Göllner at the project partner GAIA mbH, who oversaw the process carried out in a leading manner up to approval. Such support is very valuable and does not take place everywhere.
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