There was a meeting held last October where the local council considered all the facts and documents that were collected.
Taking into account the adverse affects on the natural environment, the tourist industry and the local population the proposal was unanimously rejected.
I haven't heard of anything since, but that's not to say that the proposers will so easily accept public opinion.
Message posted by Bill on 10 January 2010 at 4:39pm - IP Logged
There was talk a couple of years ago about a wind farm near the top of the Pantokrator. With my journalist hat on I contacted the company concerned and asked for further information - never heard anything back though!
The company behind this was 'enova' and if you're interested their article relating to it a 24MW wind farm on the island of Corfu and the application for 4 MW solar project in the same location can be found here fourth item down.
Message posted by Susanna on 10 January 2010 at 6:49pm - IP Logged
The Dutch society in Corfu is collecting signatures against a proposed windfarm off the north west coast of Corfu. I had heard about the proposals for the one on Pantokrator (though it should have been finished by now if their publicity is to be believed), but have not heard anything about the sea-based farm. The Dutch residents seem to think it is being kept quiet on purpose so that it can all be passed and approved before any local dissent can be heard.
As long as Corfu does survive mostly on tourism, I think it is extremely important not to introduce anything that destroys the appearance of the island (how I hate the pylons that cross the middle of the island, for instance), on the other hand we need to think of preserving the environment as well. Dilemma, or what?
Message posted by Lavinia on 10 January 2010 at 7:59pm - IP Logged
Completely agree Susanna. The pylons are horrendous.
I used to live next to an enormous wind turbine (just one) on a hill in the south Cotswolds and drove past it often on my way to see my very elderly mother in a Nursing Home and actually grew to love it. There was something very majestic about it reacting to nature, still on hot, sunny days and whipping around like the clappers in the wind. Of course it stirred up public opposition initially but everyone accepted it in the end.
I honestly believe that we all have to do what we can to produce natural energy. My three solar panels on the roof of my side, ground-floor verandah produce all the hot water needed in summer and I just wish I could have a small wind turbine behind my house to produce a winter equivalent. If the turbines were set far enough out to sea and far enough north-north-west, I can't see the problem. Obviously no-one would want to spoil the view across the Corfu channel to the Albania mountains but out to sea?? Presumably it would depend on the prevailing winds? In a place like here with strong winds and strong sunshine, we surely should take every advantage of the opportunities offered? As Susanna said in another post, if only half of us make a real effort, at least it is a start!
Message posted by Bill on 10 January 2010 at 8:31pm - IP Logged
Given the number of gales we've had recently I think a decent sized wind farm here could power half of Greece!
Difficult call I agree. Personally I think that the ecological benefits must outweigh the potential visual disturbance. The massive turbines off the English coast are quite stunning once you get used to the different horizon.
If they were placed several kms off the coast on the west they would hardly be instrusive, surely...?
Message posted by Lavinia on 10 January 2010 at 8:45pm - IP Logged
I had a look the plans back in May 2009 and to be honest I thought they can not be serious of planing to buid a wind farm up here just off Peroulades, these towers are over 300 feet high and somewhere in the region of 100 + to be errected, could you imagine the veiw from Logas beach. I know there is a big petion going around, so if you do see them by the supermarkets, please sign if you object....
Message posted by Sunnypop on 10 January 2010 at 9:46pm - IP Logged
They can look incredibly impressive and almost elegant- wherever they are built someone will object, understandably, but they have go somewhere- whether on a Cornish hillside (an equally beautiful area relying on tourism) or out at sea.
The main thing to decide is where they will function best, and ensuring that advantages outweigh objections
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