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Bute Energy launched consultation for two new energy parks in Powys

The Welsh renewable energy developer have said the new parks could generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of over 175,000 homes.

Located to the east of Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells in Powys, the two new energy parks are set to support the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emission in line with 2035 targets – in 12 years’ time the Welsh government are aiming for electricity to be 100% renewable.

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‘We’re pleased to be launching the proposed Aberedw and Bryn Gilwern Energy Parks,’ said James Nicol, senior project manager at Bute Energy. ‘Together they respond to the climate emergency, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and support the Welsh government’s target for electricity to be 100% renewable by 2035.’

Combined, the two new energy parks will have ‘up to 34 turbines with a maximum height of 220m at Bryn Gilwern and 200m at Aberedw’. As well as this, they will also be capable of producing approximately 192MW of clean energy.

As part of the Aberedw and Bryn Gilwern Energy Park proposals, two Community Benefits Funds will be established, which combined, are currently estimated to deliver around £1.4m worth of investment per year locally.

James said: ‘There is endless potential for renewable energy in Wales – particularly from the wind that blows across our hills and mountains. Bute Energy is taking action now to help deliver this clean, green energy to our homes and businesses.

‘We want to hear the views of local people, so we can take them into account as we develop our plans. We also want to hear from local people on how we can help support projects and tackle issues in communities around the site – so we can deliver real, meaningful, and lasting benefits.’

The consultation has been launched for the two new projects and will run from Wednesday 8th November – 20th December 2023.

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