In 2005 npower renewables began investigating the possibility of building one of the largest wind farms in Wales.
The farm would consist of 65 turbines standing up to 137 metres high on around 2,600 hectares (ha) of hillside near Llanbrynmair in Powys.
To help enhance the impact of the wind farm, npower renewables propose an extensive habitat restoration scheme following clearance of over 1,700 ha of coniferous plantation. WYG have played an integral role in developing the scheme, which involves restoring original heath and bog habitats and securing the future of the site’s important bird populations, particularly black grouse and hen harrier.
We have consulted statutory and non-statutory bodies and produced assessments for the Environmental Impact Assessment for the scheme. We have also undertaken a wide range of ecological and ornithological survey work. The scheme is due to be submitted for planning approval in 2008.
The wind farm would contribute hugely to the growing need for renewable energy while the habitat restoration would secure the future of the bird population and prevent further deterioration of the peat lands.