Controversial Welsh wind farm gets green light

The Welsh Government has approved the building of a controversial onshore wind farm. Construction of RWE Innogy’s Mynydd y Gwair project is due to begin in October. The project was […]

By Jonny Bairstow

The Welsh Government has approved the building of a controversial onshore wind farm.

Construction of RWE Innogy’s Mynydd y Gwair project is due to begin in October.

The project was previously refused permission and locals campaigning against the site claim the turbines would spoil the landscape.

The 16-turbine wind farm will be capable of producing 48MW of power, enough for 24,700 homes and contribute towards the Welsh Government’s goal of installing 2,000MW of onshore wind capacity by 2025.

The project will cost around £52 million and could create up to 104 jobs during each year of its construction as well as deliver £8.5 million to local economies.

Ongoing operations could account for a further 19 jobs and an additional £1.2 million annually into the Welsh economy.

Councillor Ioan Richard said: “It’s been a momentous decision for them [RWE] but they haven’t been granted access yet so we will carry on fighting.

“They will have to find a new access and we will fight that all the way.”