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Reported by innogy SE on 1 November 2018

First turbine up at Mynydd y Gwair

  • Turbine installations underway at Swansea’s newest renewable energy project
  • 32.8MW onshore wind farm with capacity to power 22,600 Welsh homes

(Courtesy of innogy SE)

The first of the 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, was successfully installed today. All the turbine foundations are in place and ready for the rest of the components to be lifted into place.

Construction at Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, being developed and built by innogy, began in February 2017. Since then, more than 20 Welsh based businesses have so far been involved in the 32.8MW renewable energy project.

Tim James, the project manager at innogy said: “We have had over 50 people working on site on the busiest days. It has taken a lot of work to get to this stage and a tremendous effort by all. This is a major milestone for the project.”

Abnormal load deliveries from the Port of Swansea under South Wales Police escort, will continue in parallel to the turbine installations until the end of the year. First generation is expected by the end of 2018.

Onshore wind is the most cost-effective choice for new electricity in the UK and as a proven technology, will help Wales meet its target of generating 70% of its electricity from Welsh renewable sources by 2030.

Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent needs of approximately 22,600 average Welsh homes. Once fully operational, Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm will also bring with it community funding of £240,000 per annum over the operational lifetime of the wind farm, likely to be up to 25 years. This flexible funding has the potential to significantly benefit communities both very local to the project and more widely across Swansea.

References

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innogy SE. Press release - First turbine up at Mynydd y Gwair. URL: https://www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3781844/innogy-renewables-uk/press-media/. [Date Accessed: 01/11/2018].

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