20.04.2016

Windhunter flies the flag for wind energy in Poland

Windhunter flies the flag for wind energy in Poland. 20 members of the company were participating in the demonstrations in Warsaw for continuing the use of wind power in Poland. The Polish-German company has its roots in the Polish wind industry, which is about to be destroyed by the new renewable energy law from Warsaw.

The main problem with this new law is a general rule of distance, which says that wind turbines are not allowed to be built within a distance to housings of 10 time the total turbine height. Today’s turbines easily reach 200m height, so the distance to keep would be 2 km. By applying this rule there would be literally no space left to build wind farms. Besides this Windhunter and the Polish wind industry criticize the plan of the government for an additional taxation even for wind farms which are already in operation. This could cause severe financial problems even for profitable projects.

The main problem according to Windhunter is the backward-looking energy policy of the Polish government under Jarosław Kaczyński‘s party “PiS”, which fosters and supports the old fossil, coal powered energy system. “Invest in the energy of the future, not of the middle ages” – that’s what Windhunter demands on their banners during the demonstration. “Apart from the environmental aspects wind power ensures economic growth and jobs with a very good perspective for the future, while sooner or later we will run out of coal, and the old fossil industry will vanish anyway”, said Roman Synowski, founder and CEO of Windhunter.

The plans of the Polish government could actually mean the end of the Polish wind industry. More than 2000 people were commenting this during the demonstrations in Warsaw:  a group of activists were symbolically bearing the coffin of the wind industry to grave, and Windhunter was demanding “thou shalt not kill” – not even the Polish wind industry. The quote of the 5th commandment is a side-swipe to very catholic-conservative attitude of the PiS.