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Plans for weather testing equipment could pave way for giant wind turbines

06 Feb 2024 3 minute read
Esgair Galed – where a weather mast and wind turbine could be built. From Google Streetview.

Elgan Hearn Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build a temporary mast to assess weather conditions at a site near Llyn Clywedog have been lodged with the local council.

The meteorological mast could be the precursor to a giant 220 metre high wind turbines earmarked for the area in a wind farm called Esgair Galed Energy Park.

The weather mast application has been made by Esgair Galed Energy Park Limited which is the development vehicle for Bute Energy for the wind turbine project.

The mast would be 120 metres high.

“Future wind farm proposal”

In documents lodged with the application, agents Carney Sweeney explain the proposal: “The site of the mast is located approximately 3.8 kilometres to the west of Staylittle.

“The mast will gather a range of meteorological data during the approximately 18-month period as part of the overall feasibility assessment for a future wind farm proposal.”

They said that the mast would provide information for the “wind resources” at the site.

Where the weather mast and potential wind farm will be built. From Bute Energy.

Powys planners are expected to decide the proposal by March 25.

Later this month Bute Energy will hold a series of drop in sessions to explain their proposals for the Esgair Galed Windfarm which would roughly be situated, northwest of Llanidloes, southeast of Machynlleth and south of Llanbrynmair.

“Power for 113,000 -179,000 homes”

Bute Energy want to build 26 turbines at the site that would have a maximum height of 220 metres.

The wind turbines 171 MW of electricity which would be enough to power between 113,000 and 179,000 households a year.

Bute Energy say the project will deliver significant benefits to the local community, including an annual Community Benefit Fund worth around £1.2 million “based on current designs.”

This application would be deemed a Development of National Significance (DNS) and would be processed by Welsh Government planning inspectors at Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW).

“Consultees”

Planning inspectors would provide a recommendation to Welsh Government ministers who would eventually announce the decision.

This means that Powys County Council are consultees rather than decision makers for the proposal.

A non-statutory consultation period started last month and will run until March 7.

Bute Energy anticipate that they will lodge a planning application with PEDW in 2025.

Drop in sessions will take place at:

Llanbrynmair Community Centre on Monday, February 19, from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Aberhosan Village Hall on Monday, February 26 from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Staylittle Village Hall on Tuesday, February 27 from 2.30pm to 7pm.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago

Community Benefit Fund worth around £1.2 million “based on current designs.” Oh come off it, no additional beads and trinkets for the natives and a few flags for kiddies. Mean bastards !

Jonathan Dean
Jonathan Dean
4 months ago

Wales can reach net zero twice over just from offshore wind so has no need to ruin the landscape

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Dean

(Have you seen the lead mines), not a pylon in sight, we can’t have a pristine view in Cymru; not allowed !

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

We need green energy but I would also like to know the full costings for this. No point saying a farm will power x number of homes, it will not, it will supply the grid and we pay for that leccy, and the owners of the farm make money from the buy in costs and the power companies selling it back to us. That is the equation I would like to see.

Now, when do we get community owned projects (with a starter from central government) so we can truly get cheaper power.

Trefor Owen
Trefor Owen
4 months ago

Is Bute owned within Cymru? Or even within “uk”???

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Trefor Owen

The name Bute, someone should trace the link via Scotland maybe…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Trefor Owen

See Jac o’ the North for the SP on Bute Energy Ltd who claim to be based in Cymru and London. The company is owned by Windward Enterprises Ltd and they are owned by Windward Global Ltd and so on…

Paul Davies
Paul Davies
4 months ago

We have enough electricity in Wales. So it must be for England’s needs. So build them in Derbyshire where they are banned.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul Davies

Yorkshire is bigger and I’m fond of the edges

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