Scots wind power experts win Snowdonia turbine-blade appeal in Wales

Brenig Wind Farm CGI photomontage
Brenig Wind Farm CGI photomontage

Wind turbine experts from Scotland-based Natural Power have won an appeal to extend the maximum height of the blades for a Welsh wind-farm.

The newly-approved 48MW-parc takes the maximum blade tip height of Brenig wind farm from 100m to 110m, whilst keeping the location of the 16 turbines and infrastructure the same as the scheme consented in 2009 (40MW).

Since opening its Welsh office, Natural Power has now successfully consented 426MW of onshore wind in Wales, equivalent to 36% of all onshore wind farms that have been consented in the principality.

Natural Power provided the technical input required to demonstrate the clear benefits associated with extending the wind turbine tip height of the consented scheme from 100m to 110m, including the increased energy yield from the site over the lifetime of the project, whilst demonstrating that the increase would not cause unacceptable significant impacts above the 100m consented scheme.

Josh Brown, Project Manager, Natural Power, said: “We’re delighted that the right decision has been made. This enables a wider selection of turbines to be used, which could potentially increase the maximum capacity of the site, as well as delivering a more productive site, and of course goes further in helping to combat climate change.”

Through the construction activities undertaken on site so far, over £1 million in contracts have been awarded to Welsh companies, thus vastly benefiting the local economy.

The project, which was initially refused by the planning committee at Denbighshire County Council on the basis of the impact to landscape, is located 10 miles east of Snowdonia.

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