The oldest wind farm in Wales may get a new lease on life more than 20 years after it started generating power.
Since the project was built in Ryd-y-Groes on Anglesey in 1992 wind technology has come a long way and now fewer turbines could generate more power.
The 24-turbine site is owned by TGP Wind Limited – a joint venture between E.ON and Eurus Energy UK Limited – and currently has a maximum capacity of 7.2MW. It’s thought the site could generate as much as 18MW if the old turbines are replaced with 20 newer models.
Paul Hunt, Consents Manager at E.ON said: “While it’s still early days we’re hoping to replace the current turbines with modern turbines capable of producing more energy. We will be conducting formal studies and hope to be a position to submit our planning proposals by spring 2014.”
E.ON says it plans to set up a Community Benefits Fund to pay for local projects, with representatives from the area deciding on how the money is spent.