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"Local politics must play the snowplough"


The district has now publicly presented its site concept for open-space photovoltaics. The evening in Hausham (also) showed that there are many hurdles to be overcome on the way to the energy transition.

The district has now publicly presented its site concept for open-space photovoltaics.

The evening in Hausham (also) showed that there are many hurdles to be overcome on the way to the energy transition.

District - And now?

It probably needs someone to promote the topic of open-space photovoltaics.

Possibly owners of suitable areas, municipal utilities or energy cooperatives.

Actors who pick up the loose threads laid out by the Miesbach district office with the site concept for open-space PV.

Climate protection manager Antonia Rüede-Passul presented the paper to around 100 visitors at the Haushamer Alpengasthof Glück Auf, and there were specialist lectures by Stefan Drexlmeier from the Oberland energy transition (state of the energy transition) and Stefan Sendl from the Oberland energy cooperative based in Peißenberg (Agri-PV).

Open space PV: Four municipalities refuse completely

As a reminder: A few weeks ago, the district office presented the location concept.

It shows areas that are – possibly – suitable for open-space PV in the district.

384 hectares.

With the restriction that only areas on traffic areas such as the motorway and so-called conversion areas such as former gravel pits and landfills were examined.

In other words, areas that are not a bad thing.

However, only suggestions that were approved by the municipalities concerned were included in the concept.

Ultimately, only nine out of 17 cities and municipalities had done so.

Four even actively refused.

The district office does not reveal who.

Concept represents a "beginning".

Moderator Elisabeth Freundl from the Oberland energy transition and Rüede-Passul were nevertheless “very satisfied” with the concept, probably also because they had “great concerns” (Freundl) at the beginning of the two-year process.

Rüede-Passul then described the result as a "beginning", although the visitors probably expected more.

Treacherous: There was more than just polite applause for speeches that called for more speed, more activity and more space, for example from Klaus Haas from the Grünen Holzkirchen ("That's not enough") or EWO co-founder Roland Kleber.

Cities and communities have extensive influence

District administrator Olaf von Löwis (CSU) replied: "I understand the impatience, but we can now present at least 384 hectares." Where these are located remains unclear because the district office does not hand out the cards.

A hurdle that potential actors have to overcome first.

According to Rüede-Passul, the owners of the prioritized areas should be informed by the municipalities.

In general, the cities and municipalities have a hand on the subject.

Only areas on motorways and double-track railway lines are privileged in such a way that no land use planning is required.

Löwis thinks it's good: "I'm an absolute advocate of the planning sovereignty of the municipalities," he said.

Agri-PV: Not in the concept, but at the information evening

The topic of Agri-PV, i.e. the simultaneous use of an area for (elevated) solar systems and, for example, as cattle pasture, was not considered at all in the location concept, but was considered with a lecture in Hausham.

Sendl presented this and his energy cooperative, which operates one plant and is planning three more, to the assembly.

A topic that may also come into question for the district of Miesbach.

There is already an application in Otterfing.

All municipalities want to become energy self-sufficient by 2035

As also reported, the district has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to energy transition, and among the four EWO districts it brings up the rear, as Drexlmeier explained.

From his and also the explanations of the other speakers, it became clear: There is no one way to open-space PV that will make you happy.

A lot has to be checked in advance, and the individual case looked at.

Nevertheless, it offers enormous potential and is indispensable for achieving energy self-sufficiency in 2035.

As is well known, the district and all municipalities have made this their goal.

Ultimately, Josef Solleder (Waakirchen-Schaftlach Energy Cooperative) summed up the mood well when he demanded with applause: "Local politics must play the snowplough." Whereby he also aimed at slowing down the authorities ("conditions like nowhere else").

Video recording

: The district office will publish a video recording of the information evening in Hausham these days.

These, the presentation, the location concept and further information are available at

Those interested can best get help from the EWO,

You can find out more about Agri-PV at, for example.

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-03-31

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