The Canarian Government has ordered the construction of a 6 Megawatt wind farm just outside Costa Teguise, and has told Teguise Ayuntamiento to “alter its general plan” to accommodate the project.
The wind farm will be located on a plot just inland from the small seaside village of Las Caletas, just a few hundred metres from the two wind turbines that were installed at Punta de los Vientos in 2016.
The Canarian Government used the “declaration of general intertest” in the Canarian law on energy regulation to make the order, and the park will be built by the Renovertis company from Gran Canaria. They claim that the new “Vista Mar” wind farm will cost almost €8 million and create more than 42 jobs.
However, the announcement has caused immediate political ructions. Olivia Duque, spokesperson of the Coalicion Canaria (CC) party which governs Teguise, said “The project does not conform to our municipal plan, but the Canarian Government has declared general interest and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Duque claimed that the project should be controlled by the Cabildo, saying that when her party were in power such projects were publicly-owned. “Under the Socialist Party, we are exposed to private interests and not the will of the Lanzarote people” she said.
The CC controlled the Canarian Government and Lanzarote’s Cabildo until 2019, when they were ousted by coalitions led by the Canarian Socialist party.
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