9 May 2012

South Wales Wind Farm Approved

An investment of £365m for wind farm between Neath and Aberdare in South Wales, has been approved. This will be the highest-generating onshore wind farm in England and Wales, it will generate power to 200,000 homes from 76 turbines.

The developer the Swedish-based Vattenfall has promised a community benefits package potentially worth £55m over the site's lifetime. The UK energy minister stated that this site will generate "vast amounts of home-grown electricity".

Swedish-based Vattenfall stated that Pen-y-Cymoedd project would take three years to construct with a lifetime of 25 years, which they claim could put £1bn into the Welsh economy over that timescale and create or retain 300 jobs. Furthermore, it will increase Wales' renewable energy generation by 37%.

A representative from the developer company, stated: "This project shows what onshore wind energy investments can offer Wales over the short and long term. Through this project we will be supporting the delivery of national and local priorities - from creating local jobs, supply chain opportunities and apprenticeship schemes to supporting tourism initiatives, community services and facilities."