New plans revealed to explore renewables investment in Mid Wales
- Plans to explore a renewable energy project in Mid Wales have been
announced by Vattenfall
- The plans are expected to include up to 14 turbines, as well as
options for other renewable technologies such as solar and storage
- Consultation is planned for the Autumn, with a chance for local
people to get involved in developing the project
Vattenfall, a leading energy company, has revealed it will begin work to look at the potential for a renewable energy scheme at Mynydd Lluest y Graig.
At the site, which is located in north Powys between the villages of Talerddig and Llanerfyl, Vattenfall will look at developing a range of technologies, including wind turbines, solar panels and energy storage options.
Previous plans for the site were shelved in 2013 following changes to
regulatory regimes in the UK. Work will now look afresh at the site and see
how the latest developments in technology could be deployed.
Up to 14 turbines at the site would produce enough electricity annually to
power 77,500 Welsh homes*.
Wales has a target to reach net zero by 2050, with a reduction of 63% in
emissions by 2030 to stay on track with its climate goals. As part of that
transition, the Welsh Government says it is aiming to generate 70% of its
electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.
The company also revealed the scheme would include plans for local
investment that could bring around £500,000 of funding to the area annually
for the lifetime of the project – with ideas being explored to reduce bills,
tackle climate change locally and create local jobs and long term career
Consultation on the plans will start in the Autumn, and residents can register
their interest here.
Jonathan Hewett, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the scheme said:
“We’re looking forward to talking to the local community about this
renewable energy scheme and seeing what the full potential of the project
“The amount of investment planned through this scheme could be
transformative – supporting communities at a grass roots level to reduce their energy bills, invest in the local economy over the long term and build a
real benefit from hosting the project.
“Plans are at a very early stage, and later this year we’ll send out
information to local homes inviting them to come along and get involved in
more detailed plans and designs for the project.”
Further information about Mynydd Lluest y Graig can be found here.