Renewable energy developer Bute Energy has revealed its proposals for two wind projects in Powys, Wales—Aberedw Energy Park and Bryn Gilwern Energy Park. Positioned east of Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells, the sites aim to contribute to the Welsh government's renewable energy targets.
The combined capacity of the Aberedw and Bryn Gilwern Energy Parks is projected to reach 192MW, featuring a total of up to 34 turbines. The proposed turbine heights will be a maximum of 220 meters at Bryn Gilwern and 200 meters at Aberedw. The projects intend to connect to the electricity transmission network via the Green GEN Cymru Towy Usk green energy network, a project initiated by Green GEN Cymru, a part of Bute Energy.
To ensure local benefits, Bute Energy plans to establish two community benefits funds as part of the Aberedw and Bryn Gilwern Energy Park proposals. The anticipated combined investment from these funds is £1.4 million per year for the local community. Bute Energy's community benefits team will focus on creating employment opportunities for local residents, facilitating access to the wind farms, and collaborating with schools and local facilities to reduce energy bills and carbon footprints.
The consultation period for the projects will run from November 8 to December 20, 2023, with drop-in sessions arranged for local residents to review information on the proposals and provide feedback. In this initial round of consultation, Bute Energy seeks input on emerging proposals, including turbine locations, buildings, equipment, and access routes.
James Nicol, Senior Project Manager at Bute Energy, expressed the company's satisfaction in launching the proposed Aberedw and Bryn Gilwern Energy Parks, emphasizing their role in addressing the climate emergency, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and aligning with the Welsh government's goal of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2035.