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