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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved Llanbrynmair Wind Farm in Powys, mid Wales.

The decision from BEIS to approve the project will allow a vital low carbon energy project for Wales and the country’s net zero ambitions to go ahead. The 30-turbine wind farm will generate low-cost renewable electricity to help decarbonise homes and industry, and support Wales’ transition to a low carbon economy.

Chris Jackson, Senior Development Project Manager for RES, said: “Following the agreement by nearly 200 countries at COP26 to take bold action to tackle climate change, this long-awaited decision is not only good news for renewable energy in Wales but also our planet. Llanbrynmair Wind Farm will play an important role in helping Wales to meet its target of 70% of electricity to come from renewables by 2030, a key action as a country in our mission to limit global warming.”

RES estimates that the Llanbrynmair Wind Farm will deliver at least £8 million in local economic investment through the use of local companies and services. Recent polling also shows that 71% of people support the development of more onshore wind turbines in Wales*.

RES’ Head of Wind Projects, John Boyce added: “This a great day for renewable energy in Wales and for the country’s transition to a low carbon economy. Llanbrynmair, and the other renewable energy projects like it being developed in Wales, will provide significant inward investment and generate low-cost energy. This will help Wales to both create and retain the sustainable, skilled jobs needed in a low carbon economy.”

BEIS department had originally refused the project, but the decision was later quashed by the High Court in 2015, following a Judicial Review submitted by RES as the project developer. BEIS has now issued their re-determination decision to consent the project. RES will now review the post consent conditions and work with a range of stakeholders to deliver clean, green renewable energy at Llanbrynmair.


* Polling conducted by Survation, 1062 adults living in Wales 5-19 July 2021