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Outrage over plans for 110 km of power lines 'threatening countryside and wildlife' in Spain's Andalucia

An online petition has been launched to help save an area of outstanding natural beauty near Granada in Spain’s Andalucia. This time however it is not a hotel or a golf course, but 110 kilometres of high voltage power lines, wind turbines and a large solar energy plant.

Currently the area, which includes the towns of Guadix, Baza and Huescar is home to lagoons, archaeologicalsites, monolithic cave houses and is home to many species of protected wildlife

SPAIN - Anonline petition has been launched to help save an area of outstanding naturalbeauty near Granada in Spain’s Andalucia.

This time however it is not a hotel or a golf course, but 110 kilometres of high voltage powerlines, wind turbines and a large solar energy plant.

The petition, launched on Change.org was set up by Maria Lena Montserrat Saul, a residentof Cuevas del Campo and an environmental activist.

Saul is pushing to put a halt to the project which will see 110 kilometres of 400KV power linesbeing placed between the town of Baza and the rural hamlet of Caparacena.

Red Electrica Espanola (REE) is responsible for the plans that promise to bring massiveemployment to the area.

A substation will also be constructed in Baza along with 3,000 wind turbines scattered acrossthe entire Altiplano de Granada area.

There are also plans to create a 4,500 hectare site to house a solar energy plant.

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Currently the area, which includes the towns of Guadix, Baza and Huescar is home to lagoons, archaeological sites, monolithic cave houses and is home to many species of protected wildlife 

SPAIN - An online petition has been launched to help save an area of outstanding natural beauty near Granada in Spain’s Andalucia.

This time however it is not a hotel or a golf course, but 110 kilometres of high voltage power lines, wind turbines and a large solar energy plant.

The petition, launched on Change.org was set up by Maria Lena Montserrat Saul, a resident of Cuevas del Campo and an environmental activist.

Saul is pushing to put a halt to the project which will see 110 kilometres of 400KV power lines being placed between the town of Baza and the rural hamlet of Caparacena.

Red Electrica Espanola (REE) is responsible for the plans that promise to bring massive employment to the area.

A substation will also be constructed in Baza along with 3,000 wind turbines scattered across the entire Altiplano de Granada area.

There are also plans to create a 4,500 hectare site to house a solar energy plant.

In the regional and national governments’ push to steer Spain towards a greener future, Saul argues that this comes at the expense of areas of natural beauty.

Currently the area, which includes the towns of Guadix, Baza and Huescar, is home to lagoons, archaeological sites, monolithic cave houses and is home to many species of Bonelli Eagle and Griffon vultures and flamingos regularly visit the Balco and Cullar lagoons.

According to Sail, the work has begun already without the relevant Environmental Evaluation Study.

"The local populations are being misled, the energy company falsely promising 15,000 jobs for local people, The wind turbine parks and solar fields provide NO employment," claimed Saul.

"There will be zero benefit to the region."

The opposition to the plan will eventually be handed over to the Minister of Ecological Transition, The Environmental Council of the Junta de Andulucia and the Provincial Diputacion of Granada.

The petition was launched two days ago and has currently gained 184 signatures.

The project is buoyed by the Spanish government's push to bring Spain towards becoming carbon neutrality by 2050.

Already, the country has all but phased out coal production after half of its plants closed last month, with the other half on the verge of closure.


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JUL 7 2020
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