innogy’s latest onshore wind farm, Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm has started generating renewable energy for the first time. The 16 turbine wind farm, located between Ammanford and Clydach, is expected to produce enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent needs of approximately 22,6001 average Welsh homes once fully operational next year.
Construction of the wind farm, started in February 2017. Since then, more than 20 Welsh based businesses have been involved in the 32.8MW renewable energy project. The first turbine was successfully installed in October of this year and now another major milestone has been achieved.
Tim James, the project manager at innogy said:
“I am extremely proud of the team. Despite challenging conditions, we now have five turbines completed at Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm and we achieved first generation today which is testament to the team’s hard work.”
Construction is expected to be complete in late spring, early summer 2019. Once fully operational, the community funding worth £240,000 per annum for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, will become available for applications. This flexible funding has the potential to significantly benefit communities both very local to the project and more widely across Swansea.
Through the construction of Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, together with Clocaenog Forest and Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, innogy will have invested £270 million into new renewable energy infrastructure. Combined, these projects also signify a community investment package for the neighbouring communities £1.2 million per year for some 25 years.