I seem to spend a lot of time going to protest meetings these days, which makes me appear a bit of a NIMBY - In the case of the 13 projected wind turbines between Yalıkavak and Geriş I think I'm the opposite; a WOENIMBY - Why On Earth Not In MY Back Yard. I'm not a great supporter of wind power but if these monsters have to be put somewhere, surely the empty high peaks between Mumcular and the Gulf of Gokova, a few hills back from our rural home would be a more sensible place than on the already crowded Bodrum peninsula. The proposed site near Yalikavak is on land that is, or was in the past, protected because of its archaeological and biological importance and encroaches on the villages of Geriş and Karakaya not to mention outlying pastures, houses and the five seismic fault lines that run around the 14,380,000 sq m plot. (Yes I have checked the number of zeros). Is wind power even the right way to go? When do we need the most power? In the summer. When do we get the most wind? In the winter. Put solar power into the same equation and it seems a no brainer to me that we should be concentrating on sun energy. Solar farms are not attractive either but at least they are quiet, don't kill so many birds and don't need obscene amounts of concrete to stop them falling over. I came out of the meeting with a heavy heart. Yet again a massive project has got underway without any consultation with the public, no environmental impact evaluation report and it feels to this woman in the street, a very tenuous adherence to the law of the land.
The meeting was well attended with, ladies from Çomakdağ village near Milas adding a dash of colour to the event.