It has been announced that work is to begin on Mynydd y Gwair wind farm in Swansea, with ground works being actioned on the site near Felindre.
Following a recommendation from a public enquiry, Welsh Government have approved this development, signing off on a 16-turbine farm that will sit on what is regarded as a Swansea ‘beauty spot’.
As Swansea’s largest renewable energy project to date, three inquiries have been held, with project organisers having to fight against strong opposition from those that claimed the turbines would spoil the area’s ‘natural beauty’.
Swansea council did grant planning permission back in 2013, however, facing more hurdles, the deal was then taken off the table. With complaints mainly coming from local residents and farmers, deputy minister, Rebecca Evans, refused permission after considering the planning inspector’s report
Plans were only finalised in July of last year.
Gwenllian Elias, development manager for the project, said back in July:
“This was the last hurdle required to help unlock a potential £52m investment.
“We are delighted with the decision and feel confident that this could have a positive impact on local suppliers and local companies.
“This project will not only bring environmental benefits but also economic benefits too, and we are keen to work with local suppliers where possible to maximise the local opportunities.”
Generating enough power to support around 22,000 homes and creating over 100 jobs, innogy Renewables, the firm managing the project, are eager to take plans forward this week, singing the praises of the environmental and economic benefits the farm will influence.
Tim James, Mynydd y Gwair project manager from innogy, said:
“We are delighted to be starting the construction of Mynydd y Gwair wind farm and working with Dawnus Construction Limited.
“This project represents a significant investment in South Wales and we look forward to continue working with local companies and communities.”