The name ‘Volksmolen’ for the WES turbine on Windfarm Zijpe is based on the fact that it is financed by the local community. ‘Volksmolen’ can be translated into Community-turbine or ‘People’s mill’.
Together with the cooperative-owner of the windfarm Zijpe, Kennemerwind, WES set up the ‘Volksmolen-project’. The goal of this project was to replace one of three stationary turbines by means of citizen participation.
The local community from, among others, Burgerbrug, Schoorl, Bergen, Groet, Petten, Koedijk and Warmenhuizen in the province North-Holland were able to contribute to the financing of the Volksmolen by purchasing so-called ‘Windshares’. In compensation, the members are exempted from the energy tax on electricity for 15 years (an incentive from the Dutch government), a guarantee for cheap green energy, which is produced locally. The sale of the Windshares was very sucessful, which proves that local sustainability is populair in this region.