With the help of consulting firm Natural Power, the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in South Wales has been given consent to move forward with its 299 megawatt project. The news was given after the submission of a full environmental impact assessment and now the 76 turbine wind farm owned by Vattenfall is one step closer to reality. The wind farm is located between Neath and Aberdare on the southern side of the Value of Neath.
Vattenfall‘s Development Director Piers Guy said his company wanted to work with Natural Power because of their consenting success record. This project increases Natural Power’s wind portfolio to 1 gigawatt. “They were a key part of the team and were proactive, engaging within the team as well as with external stakeholders,” said Guy.
John Woodruff, Senior Development Manager at Natural Power added, “We are overjoyed in delivering this 299MW successful consent with Vattenfall – the single largest onshore consent in Wales and England to date. We have had to be innovative in dealing with various constraints that this particular project threw at us but, working with local stakeholders such as CCW, the two local planning authorities and RSPB who ultimately supported the project, we have managed to deliver solutions that meet both the environmental and economic objectives of such a project.”