Photovoltaic system, chicken coop or a photovoltaic system again?
The plans for a four-hectare field between the western edge of the village of Kottgeisering and the railway line are causing question marks in the local council.
After the building application for an organic poultry house for 5068 laying hens had startled the Kottgeisering and led to vigorous protests in the village last year, organic farmer Erich Klas is obviously thinking of an idea that he had eight years ago: open space -Photovoltaic system.
The protest against it almost led to a referendum at the time.
But the climate policy framework has now changed.
Fred Garside, the project manager of the solar company MSE Solar, calculated to the council members that the solar park could produce 3700 megawatt hours of electricity annually - enough for 1,379 families and thus around twice as much as Kottgeisering households.
Garside particularly emphasized the contribution to the biodiversity of the solar park: "Extensifying the area increases the biodiversity, the soils can recover," says the project manager.
Sheep should graze between the horizontal modules.
In addition to a two-row greening with bushes, there will be a compensation area in the eastern part.
Only 0.1 percent of the four hectare area is to be sealed by the ramming foundations; the supporting structure is made of steel and aluminum.
"The modules, which are 95 percent recyclable, can be used for 30 years. In addition, an obligation to take them back should be agreed with the manufacturer from the Far East," Garside continues.
The community of Kottgeisering should benefit from business tax revenues, the citizens from a discount of 25 percent on the electricity price when purchasing directly from the system.
A CO2 saving of 2,600 tons per year can be expected.
Mayor Andreas Folger (Bürgerervereinigung / BV) added that the effects of glare would have to be examined in an expert report, also due to a request by Deutsche Bahn.
But there would usually be no problems.
Maria Klotz (BV) was assured that the greening would be done in addition to the compensation area.
Depending on the compensation value, the nature conservation compensation must amount to around ten percent of the area.
In the most recent meeting of the municipal council, it was only a matter of advance information; no decision was made.
The topic is again on the agenda for today's Monday evening - Klas applies for a development plan to be drawn up for the area.
He owns the area and would lease it to MSE Solar for 20 years.