Innogy wins Welsh wind prize
Developer awarded option by NRW to survey land in Alwen Forest
Innogy UK Renewables has won the right to develop a large-scale wind project in north Wales through a tender run by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
The developer has been awarded an option to survey land in Alwen Forest near Ruthin prior to making a planning application for an onshore wind farm on land leased to the Welsh government by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
NRW said Innogy’s bid featured a strong community element thanks to their collaboration with Community Energy Wales focusing on community shared ownership of the project.
As reported exclusively by subscription-only newsletter reNEWS in February, Innogy and Community Energy Wales teamed up to submit a tender bid for the development of a wind farm of between nine and 11 turbines.
Welsh government cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs Lesley Griffiths said: “I’m pleased the successful bid has a strong community benefit which will enable local people to buy into the scheme.
“This approach will ensure that money generated from the scheme will stay in the local community.”
If developed, the wind farm would be located in the TAN8 Strategic Search Area A on the Denbighshire/Conwy border, adjacent to Llyn Brenig.
Image: Ffynnon Oer wind farm (Graham Horn)