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Vattenfall wind energy farm

Challenge

Installing a large-scale wind farm that is sympathetic to the environment.

Problem

In 2008 the Welsh government, through the Welsh Forestry Commission, ran a tender process to install a wind farm on a large area of government-owned land. This land is an upland beat bog that was damaged by previous tree planting on the site.

Solution

Vattenfall (then Nuon Renewables) won the contract and has set up a project to install 76 turbines on the land which will increase Wales’ renewable energy generation capacity by around a third. In conjunction with this, the land in question will be restored to peat bog and felled trees balanced by new forest planting nearby. Key to this is maintaining a population of rare honey buzzards and ensuring hunting areas are away from the turbines. £3 million has been put aside for the restorative aspects which will improve and protect biodiversity.

In addition, a £350,000 mountain bike trail is being constructed around the site to enable access while protecting the site.

Benefits

256 megawatt capacity coming online in 2016
Restorative approach to national park land

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