The operational Maesgwyn wind farm is located 2-3kms to the north east of Glynneath in Neath Port Talbot County Borough within Strategic Search Area F (SSA F). Pennant Walters has received planning consent to construct an extension predominantly to the west of the existing wind farm, adding 4 additional wind turbines producing up to 12.5MW of electrical energy. The additional capacity would be sufficient to power around 6,250 homes.
The turbines will be served by the same access as the existing wind farm, from the A4109 Intervalley Road near Onllwyn, with the access tracks on site being extended to suit.
As well as producing clean, renewable energy the turbines will, in conjunction with the existing turbines, contribute to a Community Benefit Fund linked to the amount of energy they generate. To date this fund (available for projects in the Onllwyn and Glynneath wards) has supported 18 projects including the construction of a new skate park, infrastructure, equipment and solar panels for local clubs and sponsorship of local community workers. The funding from this project will, over the lifetime of the wind farm, contribute to the transformation of community facilities within the area.
Pennant Walters submitted a scoping request to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in April 2013 and, based on the responses from the Statutory Consultees, subsequently undertook the studies necessary to prepare the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the development. These studies guided the site design process. The company submitted a planning application to Neath Port Talbot CBC in July 2014 and received planning consent for the scheme in December 2015.
Further information regarding the proposal can be downloaded from Neath Port Talbot CBC's web site.