The General Directorate of Energy of the Canary Islands Government will proceed to the forced expropriation of the land necessary for the wind installation called Parque Solar Fotovoltaico Guía I, of 5.5 megawatts (MW) of nominal power, in Arico. Among those affected are the ariquero City Council and the Cabildo de Tenerife, according to the list that includes the announcement published yesterday by the Official State Gazette (BOE).
The 4,954.12 square meters that the regional Executive will expropriate are distributed in six plots and five owners. In the public sphere, the City Council of Arico is claiming 44.91 square meters to be used as a right of way for the power line. The Cabildo de Tenerife will lose only 8.83 square meters in two plots (5.17 and 3.66) and, also, for the passage of the park’s power line.
Disa will see 82.46 square meters affected for the same purpose, while Cementos Cosmo Sur will lose 1,234.10 square meters for the driveway and for the power line. The most affected property is Salazar Rodríguez de Azero, which must deliver 3,583.82 square meters for the project’s service road and for the power line.
All of them are summoned next October 18 in the Classroom of the Agency of Employment and Local Development of Arico in order to “proceed to draw up the acts planned for the occupation and, if applicable, those of definitive occupation”, as recorded in the BOE announcement.
Last April 21 was when the General Directorate of Energy of the Government of the Canary Islands granted JPD Eólico y Fotovoltaico del Sureste, SL, the administrative authorization and the declaration of public utility for the park.
The Arico City Council opposes this decision and defends the plenary’s decision to reject the installation of more wind and/or photovoltaic parks in the municipality. The second deputy mayor and councilor for Urbanism, Andrés Martínez, showed his discomfort before the decisions of the regional Executive since “we continue to witness a continuous imposition” in this matter. He reproaches the regional Executive for not informing the Consistory and announces that “we are not going to allow the Government of the Canary Islands to continue to keep the municipality on the sidelines.” For this, it will resort to the administrative and legal instances.
Martínez denounces that, “once again, they have skipped the Land Management Plan and force us to change the subsidiary regulations so that it adapts to this.” He stressed that “we are not against renewable energies and everything that contributes to climate change. Arico has always shown and continues to take steps in favor of the environment, but these are not the ways of doing things.