Bounded by S-Bahn tracks and Bundesstraße 11: A ground-mounted PV system was planned on this area between Icking and Ebenhausen. However, there was resistance among the citizens. © Hans Lippert
An Ickinger starts an online petition for a PV system on the B11 and wants to complement the opinion. 40 votes are still missing from the quorum.
Icking – Icking wants to become energy self-sufficient. The municipality planned a ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system in the north on the B11 between Icking and Ebenhausen. How uncomplicated the three owners of the area gave their consent, so quickly stirred dissenting voices. The local council caved in and has been looking for an alternative ever since. Now the Ickingen lawyer Sebastian Bergau wants to prove with an online petition that the project has at least as many, albeit quieter, supporters.
Icking: Petition for PV system at B11 – initiator sees historical parallels
"I just want to show the local council that many people are in favor of the location," says the lawyer at the request of our newspaper. That's why he started a collection of voices on the Internet platform "openPetition" entitled "Yes to the ground-mounted photovoltaic system on the B11 in Icking".
The opposition in the Council had been loud and had given the impression that the majority was against it. At least that's what he was told. He himself spent little time in the public meetings of the municipal council, Bergau admits. Nevertheless, he noticed the actions of the opponents of the location. During a site inspection, the critics illustrated the land consumption with balloons, even calling the project on the B11 a "mortal sin". Bergau: "I want to show that the opinion is not right."
The Ickingen lawyer and initiator of the petition Sebastian Bergau © Archive
Almost 40 days have passed since then, and almost 160 people have cast their digital votes for Bergau's cause – some with their real names. Among them are several local councillors – Laura von Beckerath-Leismüller, third mayor of the Ickingen Greens, has also signed. Bergau is also a member there, albeit not a particularly active one, according to his own statements. There are also supporters in the ranks of the Ickingen CSU and the Independent Citizens' List Icking. The addressee of the online petition, the head of the town hall, Verena Reithmann, comes from the latter.
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Almost three-quarters of the signatures come from the municipality. Another 40 Ickinger have to sign in order to meet the platform's own quorum. If successful, the request is automatically forwarded to the mayor. Regardless of the chances of success, Bergau is satisfied. "No matter how it turns out, it's already a success," says the initiator. And so far, he has hardly advertised the petition. So far, only a notice, a few Facebook posts and word of mouth have pointed to his action. "It has taken on a life of its own," says the initiator.
As with mobile phone masts: Ickingen petition initiator sees historical parallels in resistance
He can understand the opponents of the planned plant on the B11. "Photovoltaics are not an ornament for the landscape," he admits. "But it's a misconception to assume that the energy transition will work without seeing any of it." The plant would be "virtually invisible," according to one of his arguments, which can be read in the petition. He sees historical parallels in the resistance to ground-mounted PV systems. "This was already the case with electrification at the end of the 19th century and still today with the topic of mobile phone masts."
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In the coming days, he wants to officially draw the attention of the community to the petition. "But I think they already know about it," Bergau said. In addition, he plans to go in the near future with printed signature lists to vote.
Its use can also be explained by reading the petition description. "If every municipality in Bavaria were to thwart comparably well-suited and compatible projects on its land, the energy transition in this country would continue to be blocked." That's why Bergau demands: "Let's set a good example!"
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