Last week, the Wijchen Municipal Executive made a positive decision to cooperate in principle with the realisation of a wind farm near Bijsterhuizen, in the province of Gelderland. In a next step, the city council has to make a decision about the project.
The wind farm is an initiative of local entrepreneurs from Wijchen, united in Wind in Wijchen. The project has been under development since 2014. The plan comprises 3 wind turbines with a maximum height of 185 meters in a line arrangement parallel to the Nieuwe Wetering to the northwest of the Bijsterhuizen business park, on the border with the municipality of Beuningen. The wind turbines will generate green electricity annually, comparable to the use of approximately 8,000 households.
Wind in Wijchen developed the plan in close consultation with local residents. This is also a requirement in the Wijchen Wind Energy Code of Conduct (Gedragscode Windenergie Wijchen). For example, the plan must be receive support from at least two-thirds of the immediate neighbours (owner / main occupant of a house within a distance of 1,000 meters from the nearest wind turbine).
City council approval
The city council must also approve the project that proposes a higher wind turbine than stated in the code of conduct (maximum height of 150 meters). Wind in Wijchen already has the approval of local residents for this. If the city council decides positively, the necessary permits can be applied for.
Wijchen energy park
The 3 wind turbines are part of a broader plan for an energy park in Wijchen. There is also a plan for an 8MWp solar park on approximately 10 ha. By using cable-pooling between wind and sun and by realizing storage in the form of a 3MWh battery, flexibility must be created to match supply and demand of energy.