Over the past 1.5 years, all residents, agricultural entrepreneurs and owners of land from the developing area (Northwest of Zeewolde to the east of Almere, see yellow area on the map below) could join the Development Association. This is the largest development association for a wind park in the Netherlands, with approximately 200 members. The Development Association was converted to a BV in November 2016 because the license application had to be submitted by the entity operating the wind park. The members together finance the development of Zeewolde Wind Park. The Zeewolde Wind Park is thus literally developed by the region. For a park of this size, this is unique and it will give a strong boost to the regional economy.
The development area (in yellow) of Zeewolde Wind Park.
The Wind Association
The forerunner of the Development Association is the Wind Society. It was established in 2013 to involve all owners of mills, land and homes and all users of land in the development area in the process of scaling-up and remediation. By joining the Development Association (and later the B.V.), all residents in the area could also actually participate in the new wind park. Now that the B.V. has been set up, the role of the Wind Society will probably lapse.
Can residents from Zeewolde and Almere also participate?
The residents in the immediate vicinity of the park also have the opportunity to participate in the construction of the wind park. By joining
De Nieuwe Molenaars, (the New Millers) the citizens’ wind co-operation of Zeewolde Wind Park. By participating, they can co-invest in the park, and because the cooperative also has a share in the wind park, the members of the cooperative also have a say in it.
Read more here about The New Millers.