The company LC Paper from Besalú (Garrotxa) has decided to go to the Catalan Ombudsman to “unblock” the project to build a photovoltaic park for industrial self-consumption on abandoned land adjacent to the production center between Besalú and Beuda. The company denounces “administrative obstacles” by the Generalitat’s Renewable Energy Report and asks the ombudsman for mediation. The processing of the project began five years ago but did not prosper due to the limitations of the old regulatory framework. With the entry into force of the new legislation, they decided to re-introduce but the Renewable Energy Report rejected it again.
According to the company, the Ministry of Agriculture alleged that a study of alternative locations should be submitted, “even though the planned location meets the formal requirements in accordance with current legislation and there is no territorial opposition or urban conflict ”.
LC Paper states that four months ago they presented the study of alternative locations, “thus entering a scenario where there are regulated deadlines and without having an estimated resolution date.”
After these months, the company decided to enter into a written contract with the Renewable Energy Report in the face of “repeated administrative delays and the lack of regulated response times”, without obtaining a response.
Now, the company has decided to go a step further “in the face of the opacity of the Report” and the “bureaucratic obstacles” and has asked for the mediation of the Catalan Ombudsman to try to “unblock the project”.
LC Paper was founded in 1881 and annually produces 50,000 tons of paper, more than half of which is exported to 40 countries on four continents. Under the Dalia brand, it distributes products derived from tissue paper with alternative packaging to plastic, aimed at consumer channels.
The case of LC Paper is not unique. Last summer, Jaume Morrón, an expert in renewable energy communication, made an exhaustive analysis of all the photovoltaic projects that, until July, had reached the Generalitat’s Renewable Energy Report, and found that the department of Agriculture had toppled 11 of the 15 projects that had arrived. The other representatives of other ministries, on the other hand, had endorsed more than 90% of the projects.
The reluctance of the Department of Agriculture comes from the fact that the administration must ensure the survival of agricultural areas, which in Catalonia are scarcer than in the rest of Spain and Europe. In this sense, it gives preference to agricultural uses of land that is suitable for cultivation.
A justification that goes in line with what was approved by the agricultural union Union of Farmers in its XIII Congress. A resolution of the organization expressed its rejection of the “concentration of solar and wind farms on undevelopable land, promoted by large energy companies, which has significant environmental and landscape impacts.” This model, added the union, “creates damage to farms with direct effects on agricultural plots that may be left unused, on rural roads with overcrowding, damage to irrigation systems, demolition of dry stone walls, easements of unearthed evacuation lines, etc. ».