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Consultation launched for proposed nine turbine wind farm in north Wales

10 Jul 2024 3 minute read
RWE site at Mynydd Y Gwair. Picture by Richard Williams

Wales’ largest renewable energy generator has begun an eight week formal consultation on plans to develop a wind farm capable of generating power equivalent to the needs of up to 48,000 homes.

RWE’s proposed Gaerwen Wind Farm on a site straddling Denbighshire and Gwynedd has a planned capacity of up to 59 MW.

If approved this will include nine turbines, two with a tip height of up to 200m and seven of up to 180m, battery storage potential is also being explored.

The site is located south-west of Corwen and north-east of Bala.

Consultation

The formal consultation follows an informal consultation held in 2022, after which the project design has been refined with the benefit of extensive survey data covering ecology, ornithology, hydrology, noise and visual impacts, as well as wind measurements.

The project team alongside representatives from Community Energy Wales will be in-person at events in Cynwyd, Llandderfel and Llandrillo, to answer questions in detail on different aspects of the proposals, with an online exhibition also available.

Arfon Edwards, RWE’s Project Manager leading on the development, said: “Having spent a number of years gathering survey and other information, and refining many different aspects of the scheme, we are now ready to share our proposals with the public in order to hear their views and suggestions.

“After our previous consultation period we made a number of changes which have enabled us to maximise the renewable energy generation from this site as well as avoiding important deep peat areas.

“In our draft Environmental Statement we have set out actions to mitigate any effect on protected species including ground nesting birds, such as curlew, lapwing and other breeding wader species.”

Milestone

This consultation is the latest milestone in the project which began in 2020. If approved, the Gaerwen Wind Farm and its associated community package that is currently being informed by community and local feedback, will directly benefit the community support local businesses and supply chains.

In addition the renewable project would support Wales as it strives for the target of meeting 100 per cent of electricity consumption with renewables by 2035.

The planning application will be considered by Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), with a final decision by the Welsh Ministers anticipated in 2025.

Common land

As the proposed site is partly on registered common land within the Mynydd Mynyllod commons, RWE will require separate consent from the Welsh Ministers to develop on common land.

RWE is the largest power producer in Wales, and the country’s number one renewable energy generator. They are currently involved in over 3 GW of energy in Wales across 12 sites, of which around 1 GW is renewable.

Their existing renewable energy portfolio already generates one third of Wales’ renewable energy production, which they say is ‘enough to power 550,000 homes’.

Gaerwen Wind Farm is one of a pipeline of new renewable energy projects in development across Wales in offshore, onshore, battery storage, solar and hydrogen areas.

For further information, visit www.rwe.com/Gaerwen.


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Dr Jonathan F Dean
Dr Jonathan F Dean
4 days ago

There are already plans for a battery park near the new substation that will be built in Gwyddelwern

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
4 days ago

I agree with the installation of new onshore wind farms. But, who are the investors? Who will benefit from the investment ? As of the end of 2023, institutional investors own an estimated 88% of RWE’s 743.8 million shares, while individuals, including employees, own the remaining 12%. The company’s largest shareholder is Qatar Holding, with a 9.1% stake, followed by BlackRock, a US asset management company, with 6.3%. Other shareholders include: GIC Pte Ltd. (Investment Management) and Amundi Asset Management SA. source Google search engine. Why cannot Wales raise its own investment ? Norway was able gain controlling interest in oil reserves and benefit… Read more »

Dr Jonathan F Dean
Dr Jonathan F Dean
3 days ago

I am against onshore wind in Wales as we can easily achieve net zero using only offshore wind, as can Scotland, but not England

Garycymru
Garycymru
4 days ago

Oh fantastic. More electricity that probably won’t be used in Wales, but sold elsewhere.
More business that will be running in Wales, but not benefitting Wales at all.
Nation Cymru, you always write these articles like they’re doing us some sort of favour.

Dr Jonathan F Dean
Dr Jonathan F Dean
3 days ago
Reply to  Garycymru

There will be a new substation at Gwyddelwern then the 400 kV line to Wrexham. Unusually, this one might actually supply Wales

Martin Richmond
Martin Richmond
3 days ago

No! No! No!

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