Friday 6 June 2014

Wales opens wind farm on former coal mine site

Wales opens wind farm on former coal mine site

A 4MW wind farm located on an old coal mine site in South Wales has officially been launched.

It includes two turbines that are expected to generate around 10GWh of electricity every year – equivalent to the annual energy use of 2,400 homes – as well as cut 4,400 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The energy produced is currently being fed to the National Grid but discussions on installing a private wire to neighbouring large energy users are ongoing.

[caption id="attachment_75704" align="alignright" width="350"]Colliery view from south. Copyright: Caerphilly County Borough Council Colliery view from south. Copyright: Caerphilly County Borough Council[/caption]The wind farm is at Oakdale Business Park in Caerphilly, a 400-acre site which was formerly the location of Oakdale Colliery. It closed after 81 years of operation in 1989.

The project is a collaboration between Caerphilly County Borough Council and Partnerships for Renewables.

Alun Davies, Welsh Minister for Natural Resources and Food said: “Wales is very fortunate to be rich in energy resource.

“The project that I am visiting today shows exactly what can be achieved through positive partnership working and is also an excellent example of how local communities can directly benefit from renewable energy projects.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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