Pant y Wal wind farm development
Client: Pennant Walters
Value: £Commercial Market
- Clean energy for up to 30,000 homes
- Community Benefit Fund
- Extension granted for 10 more turbines
The Pant y Wal windfarm is located 4kms to the north of the village of Glynogwr in Bridgend County Borough. The site is located on flat upland mountain plateau between the Cwm Ogwr Fawr to the west and Cwm Ogwr Fach to the east (which flows through the settlement on Gilfach Goch). Located within TAN 8 strategic search area F (SSA F), the site was permitted in 2011, construction commenced in late 2011 and was completed in mid-2013. The site is located adjacent to the Fforch Nest wind farm, a project developed and permitted by RWE Npower, but acquired and then built out by Pennant Walters in 2011.
The windfarm comprises 10 Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines, which are 70m to the hub and 115m to the tip. The site can produce up to 25MWe, which is the equivalent of the energy required to supply 18,000 homes. Nordex provide an operation and maintenance service and Pennant Walters provide site management and reporting services. The operational Pant y Wal windfarm is located 4kms to the north of the village of Glynogwr in Bridgend County Borough within Strategic Search Area F (SSA F).
Planning Permission granted for 10 extra turbines
A planning application was awarded planning consent by Bridgend in April 2015, adding up to 10 additional wind turbines producing up to 25MW of electrical energy. The additional capacity is sufficient to power a further 12,500 homes.
The turbines will be served by the same access as the existing wind farm, from the A4093 near Glynogwr, with the access tracks on site being extended to suit.
Community Benefit Fund
As well as producing clean, renewable energy the completed project will contribute to a Community Benefit Fund (linked to the amount of energy they generate). This fund recently paid for the major refurbishment of the playground of a local school, including the installation of new modern equipment, which will benefit pupils for many years to come. On a long term basis money from the fund will be allocated to other landmark projects in the locality with input from community members.