Implementing clean energy in a sustainable way with community windparks

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Building community wind parks is by far the best way to deploy clean energy, for the Netherlands at least. Because wind energy is cheap and wind turbine factories turn out producing power way faster than the builders of coal or nuclear power plants can keep up with.

It should be community wind parks for two reasons: - the inhabitants of an area are involved with the right placement of the turbines, their own turbines. - because they own the wind park, they have energy at the lowest cost possible. And they decide themselves to who the surplus is sold

Windpark design rules

  • Wind parks should be designed in the landscape with single rows of turbines.
  • Next to a line, no other turbines should be built, for at least 5 miles or 8 km
  • Lines of windturbines should be straight or curved slightly, no sharp corners
  • parts of the horizon should remain empty

This is now done in the NW area of the Netherlands, not on all details, but most of it.

This way of deploying wind power is the most sustainable way, because the local population is in the driver seat.
Some Photos of Good Looking Wind Farms

It is done for the first time in the Netherlands, in a Polder, the Wieringermeer, because the locals there, created the Polder themselves too. Adding wind power to your farm, is a good way to make extra money, and it is the right way to fight the climate problem.

If only the Dutch government would stop building in subsidizing fossile power plants, and flood the grid and the market, with cheap and dirty subsidized fossile energy. Farmers made their choice for clean energy over the last 20 years, all of their family got used to wind power. Now its time to repower the Polder, and they get everyone involved. To improve the landscape, make it more beautiful, with less turbines with more power, and more open area and horizons in the polder Wieringermeer.

The Wieringermeer are sustainability leaders of the Netherlands for 2011, because:

  • they choose windpower
  • made the right choices in the past so that now most of the Polder sees windturbines as just as common as farms
  • made an integral design for the landscape in their polder (Wieringermeer), with the aim to make it more beatiful, with less but bigger turbines.
  • got all parties involved, not only now but in the past too
  • and they show the power to execute
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