There should be 10 times more wind power stations in Poland. EU requires that number in the face of rising prices of fossil fuels.
There is a rapidly increasing awareness in Europe of the dependence on foreign fossil fuels – especially from unstable areas such as the Middle East and Russia.
The EU green paper on the security of supplies estimates that 70 percent of EU’s energy needs will be covered by imported fuels within 20 to 30 years compared with 50 percent today.
And some day fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal will no longer be abundant and relatively cheap.
So it is not only EU directives or ecology that should encourage Poland to expand wind energy quota, but also our energy security.
One of the regions where wind power is lagging is Wielkopolska.
But that will change. Authorities in Krzywin, a town in Wielkopolska, have signed a contract with a Swiss company to build two wind power plants at a total cost of about 400 mln zloty.
The Swiss company chose this area because there are very good wind conditions, it is an open space and has good energy connections.
The mayor of Krzywin says this project will be profitable for everyone: Investors will sell energy, the town will receive taxes and farmers will be paid for land rentals or leases.
Experts say investment in renewal power resources can guarantee a 15 to percent gain, more attractive than financial investments.
To become a windmill owner, one must invest 7.5 mln zloty. It can be enough to have 1/10 of this amount and to borrow the remainder.
If the windmill is erected in an area where the wind averages 7 meters per second, the loan could be paid off in six years. There are companies in Poland which help build not only wind power plants but also other renewable energy sources.
One of these companies is Gemini 3000. Before beginning construction of a plant, Gemini 3000 checks the area and measures the minimal amount of energy the wind power generator will be able to produce. Energy retailers need more and more so-called green certificates every year, which certify how much energy they have produced from renewable sources. So there is no worry about demand for wind power.
The EU is also very cooperative, and there is no problem to get EU grants for renewable energy investments.