Wales’ oldest wind farm, Rhyd-y-Groes on Anglesey, has been generating electricity for more than two decades. Now the venerable site is getting a face lift of sorts. E.ON reports it is considering repowering the wind farm. In the 20-plus years since the site became operational, wind technology had advanced exponentially, so it is now possible to generate more energy using fewer turbines.
The 24-turbine site located near Amlwch is owned by TGP Wind Limited, a joint venture between E.ON and Eurus Energy UK. E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, servicing approximately five million domestic, small, and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers. The facility has a maximum power output of 7.2MW. It is expected that the current turbines could be replaced with as many as 20 modern turbines capable of more than double that output, up to 18MW of renewable energy.
E.ON Consents Manager Paul Hunt says, “While it’s still early days we’re hoping to replace the current turbines with modern turbines capable of producing more energy. We will be conducting formal studies and hope to be a position to submit our planning proposals by spring 2014. We’re keen that the new proposed wind farm will play a positive role in the community and we’ll be working with residents and community groups to establish a Community Benefits Fund to support local projects, decisions on how to best spend the fund would be made by local representatives.”
Public Information Days are scheduled to be held in early 2014, where consumers can come and learn about the project and share their views.
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