Wednesday, August 17

Environment knocks down the construction of a wind farm in Robledillo de Trujillo


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The Ministry of Ecological Transition has denied the environmental permit to build an electricity production plant using wind energy in the municipality of Robledillo de Trujillo

Luis Exposito

The Ministry of Ecological Transition has denied the environmental permit to build an electricity production plant using wind energy in the municipality of Robledillo de Trujillo. The wind farm, called Alijares, was going to have an installed capacity of 40 megawatts.

According to the resolution, published this morning in the DOE, an adverse environmental impact statement is formulated for the park “upon the conclusion that said project will foreseeably cause significant adverse effects on species cataloged ‘in danger of extinction’, habitats of community interest and essential forest ecosystems that for the recovery of these species, on the integrity and coherence of the Natura 2000 Network, on archaeological sites and ethnographic elements, on the landscape and synergistic effects, considering that the measures provided by the promoter are not a sufficient guarantee of its complete correction or its adequate compensation”.

The promoter of the project is the company Instituto de Energías Renovables, with registered office in Cáceres. It was going to be located on the Alijares mountain range (hence its name) and was initially made up of 9 wind turbines of 4.5 megawatts each, which were reduced to 7 wind turbines of 6 megawatts as a result of the public information process and consultations with the Affected Public Administrations and interested persons.

According to the Sustainability report, in the study area there are nests of the red kite (Milvus milvus) a species listed as endangered, booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) a species of Special Interest, golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), which is vulnerable , and Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) and lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), species classified as sensitive to the alteration of their habitat.

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It is also added that “the development planned for the construction of the Alijares wind farm and its associated infrastructures represent a serious effect on the plant formations in the area, due to the affected tree forest species and the number of feet that are intended to be eliminated.”

Finally, in relation to the archaeological heritage, in the area there is the site

archaeological site ‘Sierra de Alijares’, with finds from the Chalcolithic and Late Bronze Age. It is also possible that there is another site, that of Puerto de Plumares, where there could be a wall delimiting three enclosures. “It would correspond to a possible high-rise settlement on the peak called Puerto de Plumares and which is located on the northern slope of said hill.”


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