Nearly 41000 homes in North Wales will be able to enjoy wind energy after it was announced that a £100m plan to build a windfarm near Denbigh had been approved.
Fantastic! Sec of State grants consent to Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm today. Up to 96MW, 236 jobs & £40m for Wales http://t.co/J91Ck4og1A
— RWErenewables (@RWErenewables) September 12, 2014
After recommendations from the Planning Inspectorate and commendations from locals, RWE Innogy UK can look ahead to implementing this innovative energy strategy for the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm. It is being looked on as a marker for various other schemes throughout the UK to follow.
Set to be built in Clocaenog Forest, the project will give a huge boost to the local economy and workforce with an estimated 236 opportunities opening up and £40m in investment coming from the supply chain. It’s estimated that £768,000 a year will go towards the local communities each year with the developers RWE collaborating with local people to make sure the money is used suitably.
Martin Cole, project developer, said: “This is a tremendous project, which can deliver significant benefits for the local communities, businesses and the environment, and is an important contributor to the UK energy mix and energy security.
“We have already started to make inroads into working with the business sector through our supply chain events, to ensure local companies are well placed to bid for contracts when they emerge. We will build on this locally and with other business organisations over time.
“We are also keen to step up our work with communities to maximise the significant community benefit fund of £768,000 a year.
“With our neighbouring sister project Gwynt y Môr, that means RWE Innogy UK will be putting an extra £1.5m a year into North Wales communities.”
RWE have been making waves in the wind energy sector of late and particularly in Wales where five of their wind farm proposals have been accepted. When you combine this with the ongoing development of Wylfa Newydd, you have a very green future ahead for North Wales.
The region currently has a lot of green initiatives in place, including the North Hoyle wind farm near the Rhyl coast which had its 10th anniversary earlier in the year. 2016 will reportedly see the rise of SeaGen technology which looks to harness the energy of tidal waves off the coast of Anglesey.
Alltwalis Wind Farm, Wales by www.flickr.com/photos/statkraft, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0 – 15/09/2014