Cwmni Gwynt Teg Wind Farm

Project information

Index: 0713R2
Acronym:RETS
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location UNITED KINGDOM WALES Wales

Topic of the practice

Wind

Good Practice Information

Moel Maelogan wind farm is located on a hill of the same name on the western edges of the Mynydd Hiraethog, or Denbigh Moors, overlooking the Conwy valley. The wind farm is operated by Cwmni Gwynt Teg (the Fair Wind Company), a co-operative set up by three local farming families. Due to the decline of the rural economy in Wales at the turn of the century, Welsh hill farmers were faced with a bleak future. In an attempt to counter this situation and provide a future in farming for their children, the farmers decided to diversify their income by building a small wind farm. They had no previous experience in wind energy, and learnt themselves, through carrying out the project. Working as a small, closely knit group, they investigated contractual, financial and legal issues, acquired advice from a number of local bodies and obtained both a contract to supply electricity under the then Non Fossil Fuel Obligation and planning permission to develop the site. This was the first energy venture of its kind in the UK, a farmer co-operative venture. Despite taking them five years to achieve their goal, the co-operative successfully managed to get three 1.3MW turbines installed in 2002, which started generating in January 2003.

Evidence of success

Three 1.3MW turbines installed in 2002. Two owned by the co-operative, one privately owned (Energiekontor UK Ltd). Yearly output of the three is 10Gwh per year - energy for 2,400 homes, saving around 5,600 tonnes of CO2 per year. Plans are to install up to 9 more turbines.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Geraint Davies

Cwmni Gwynt Teg Wind Farm

geraintjohn@btinternet.com

www.ailwynt.co.uk

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