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Energy developer unveils plans for 80MW wind farm in Wales

by Liam Turner
Wind turbines on hills

Welsh renewable energy developer Bute Energy has unveiled plans for a wind farm that it says could generate enough energy to power nearly 52,000 homes.

Located near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, in Conwy, the proposed Moel Chwa Energy Park includes 12 turbines up to maximum tip height of 200m.

Bute Energy says the project supports the Welsh government’s target for 100% renewable electricity by 2035.

Once operational, the energy park could generate approximately 79.2MW of renewable electricity, according to Bute Energy, and will connect to the National Grid at a new substation near Gwyddelwern, approximately 7km from the park.

The connection will be via an overhead line on wood poles.

As part of the Moel Chwa Energy Park project, Bute Energy, based in Cardiff, will establish a community benefit fund, which is currently anticipated to deliver around £590,000 worth of investment per year locally.

An initial round of public consultation will run until 11 June, with public drop-in sessions to allow people to view information and have their say.

Information will be shared with those living near the project, along the grid connection route, and with businesses and other organisations.

‘Endless potential’

John Reilly, project manager at Bute Energy, said: “As a nation we’re in a climate emergency, and a cost-of-living crisis – our supply of energy is threatened by world events.

“Yet there is endless potential for renewable energy in Wales – particularly from the wind that blows across our hills and mountains.

“Bute Energy is taking action now to help deliver clean, green energy to our homes and businesses, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and supporting the Welsh government’s target for electricity to be 100% renewable by 2035.”

He added: “We want to hear the views of local people on our plans, so we can take them into account as we develop the project.

“And we want to hear from local people how we can help support projects and tackle issues in communities around the site – so we can deliver real benefits to local people.”

The proposed energy park site sits within a pre-assessed area for large-scale onshore wind energy according to the Welsh government’s National Development Framework, ‘Future Wales: The National Plan 2040.’

As the proposed Moel Chwa Energy Park will generate more than 10MW of energy, it is classed as a Development of National Significance.

This means that Bute Energy will apply to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), which will make a recommendation to Welsh ministers on whether or not to grant planning permission.

Bute Energy current expect to submit a planning application to PEDW in 2024.

Bute Energy says it plans to build wind and solar farms across Wales that will help the government hit net-zero targets, heat homes, power businesses, and charge electric vehicles.

Image credit: Zigzag Mountain Art/Shutterstock

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