UK Government approves new Welsh onshore wind farm

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved the 30-turbine Llanbrynmair Wind Farm in Powys, mid Wales, which will generate low-cost renewable electricity to help decarbonise homes and industry and support Welsh ambitions to transition to a low-carbon economy.
UK Government approves new Welsh onshore wind farm
Garreg Llwyd wind farm. Courtesy of RES.

RES estimates that the Llanbrynmair Wind Farm will deliver at least £8 million in local economic investment through the use of local companies and services. Recent polling, conducted by Survation among 1062 adults living in Wales over the period 5-19 July 2021, also indicates that 71 percent of people support the development of more onshore wind turbines in Wales.

“Following the agreement by nearly 200 countries at COP26 to take bold action to tackle climate change, this long-awaited decision is not only good news for renewable energy in Wales but also our planet” said Chris Jackson, Senior Development Project Manager for RES. “Llanbrynmair Wind Farm will play an important role in helping Wales to meet its target of 70 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2030, a key action as a country in our mission to limit global warming.”

RES’ Head of Wind Projects, John Boyce added that Llanbrynmair, and the other renewable energy projects like it being developed in Wales, will provide significant inward investment and generate low-cost energy and that this will help Wales to both create and retain the sustainable, skilled jobs needed in a low carbon economy.

BEIS department had originally refused the project, but the decision was later quashed by the High Court in 2015, following a Judicial Review submitted by RES as the project developer. BEIS has now issued their re-determination decision to consent the project. RES will now review the post consent conditions and work with a range of stakeholders to deliver clean, green renewable energy at Llanbrynmair.

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