EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH
EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN

Wind power | Environment

Wind power and environmental protection

Making the transition to renewable energy also means actively protecting the environment. Further global warming due to the use of fossil fuels increasingly endangers various species and their habitats. Renewable energy like wind power can help stop the increasing climate change

At the same time, we want to protect the environment while planning wind farms. That’s why we adhere to stringent rules and regulations concerning wildlife, especially bird and bat species. Each project location is different. That’s why our wind farm developers are in close dialogue with the local nature conservation authorities. This way, we can develop measures that promote a harmonious coexistence of wind energy and nature.

Compensatory measures for flora and fauna

“To protect animals in areas where wind turbines are active, we created the so-called balancing areas. These are new or additional untouched areas for birds, including rest and feeding spaces, in the vicinity of wind farms.

The Northern lapwing prefers wet grass for breeding and likes shallow water ponds. Field larks enjoy the sandy areas we created and use them for dust baths and grooming. Quails thrive in troughs and find plenty of space in newly created green areas. Fruit orchards with wildflowers are the preferred breeding areas for various species. In the winter, these areas also offer a resting place for migratory birds. Bats can find shelter thanks to special boxes that are hung on local forest trees. These are some of the many ways in which animals can find their own, optimal environment.

We give red kites and bats a break

As a bird of prey, the red kite prefers to hunt on fields that have recently been harvested. Its favourite prey are mice. That’s why operators are especially attentive after crops have been harvested and shut turbines down so that the red kite can hunt over the fields in peace. It’s the same with bats: during warmer temperatures, turbines are switched off, allowing the animals to hunt.

The perfect plan needs the right location

Many factors determine whether or not a location is suitable for wind power. Aside from wind level, there are other things to take into consideration, like enough distance from residential areas and natural reserves. We build the majority of our wind farms on agricultural land. An interesting fact is that in Germany wind farms take up exactly 2 % of the area they’re placed in. Additional comparative data includes: 4 % is used for natural reserves, 28 % for landscape conservation areas. 66 % of the land is needed for settlements, transport, agriculture, and forestry.

Do you have any questions? Then contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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EWE ERNEUERBARE regional

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EWE ERNEUERBARE regional

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