Plans announced for massive renewable energy park in Neath Port Talbot

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Wind turbine. Photo by www_slon_pics from Pixabay

Lewis Smith, local democracy journalist

Plans for a huge renewable energy park in Neath Port Talbot, which could power more than 40,000 homes across the country, have been revealed.

EDF Renewables UK is looking to build the Hirfynydd Renewable Energy Park near Crynant and Seven Sisters with an installed capacity of 100MW – enough to power 40,000 properties with what they describe as ‘green electricity’.

The company says it would achieve this with a mix of technologies including a wind farm with up to seven turbines near valley communities.

EDF Renewables UK have recently carried out early ecological studies and other feasibility studies, and have also started planning events for September where they can share information and get feedback from people living locally in the Crynant and Seven Sisters area .


Mix of technologies

In a statement posted on their website, they outlined some of the plans they will be looking to undertake in the near future, saying: “EDF Renewables UK is looking to develop a mix of technologies on site, including a wind farm that can count up to seven wind turbines. , a solar farm and storage batteries.

“Having an array of technologies increases the amount of energy that can be generated on site in different weather conditions, with battery storage allowing excess energy to be stored to provide grid balancing services. ”

Simon Morgan, Senior Project Development Manager at EDF Renewables UK, said: “Hirfynydd would make a positive contribution to our efforts to tackle climate change and at a time of global uncertainty over energy supply and costs, renewable energy projects are essential to address this. challenges.

“We are delighted to be developing Hirfynydd in partnership with three local farming families and will work with the community to ensure the project can bring local benefits, such as a community fund and local ownership.”

EDF Renewables UK hopes to submit a planning application for the Hirfynydd Renewable Energy Park towards the end of 2023. The application will be assessed by Planning and Environmental Decisions Wales, with the final decision taken by the Welsh Government.

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