innogy’s onshore project in South Wales is called Brechfa Forest West
The project is located in Brechfa Forest, 10km north east of Carmarthen, centred around the Afon Pib valley, east of Alltwalis. The woodland is managed by Natural Resources Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government.
A total of 28 wind turbines with an overall capacity of 57.4 megawatts are now installed. The wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to meet the calculative needs of approximately 38,8001 average UK households annually.
|Project name||Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm|
|Location||Brechfa Forest, Carmarthenshire|
|Number of wind turbines||28|
|Height of wind turbines||Up to 145m to blade tip|
|Installed capacity||57.4 MW|
|Equivalent households supplied||38,800|
|Start of construction||November 2016|
|Official opening||August 2018|
Brechfa West Wind Farm Community Fund
Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm will deliver a community fund of £459,200 per annum. This index-linked funding will be available for the lifetime of the wind farm, expected to be up to 25 years, resulting in total fund in excess of £11 million. Now that the wind farm is fully operational the community fund is open to receive applications.
A report detailing how the fund will be structured and managed, and also summarising the results of innogy’s 2017 community consultation, is now available here in English and in Welsh. If you would like to receive a hard copy of this report please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can read on for a brief summary below.
How to apply for funding
Which communities will benefit & who decides on the awards?
During the 2017 community consultation an initial area of benefit for the Local Community Fund was proposed. This initial area has been adopted, you can view the map here. Importantly, projects based outside of the 6km area will also be considered if they can demonstrate that they provide significant benefit to the communities within this area.
Initially only the Local Community Fund will be open for applications but at a later date a Regional Fund will also be launched. When that fund is available we will include more information here and on Antur Teifi’s website. In the meantime, for more detailed information about the overall structure of the funds, please read our report here in English or in Welsh.
All decisions on the allocation of funds are made by a panel of local volunteers who live, work or volunteer in the area of benefit for the local fund.
Update on the fund in action
The Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Community Fund has now been operational for 18 months. In this relatively short time, the fund is already delivering real positive impact. In total 71 applications worth nearly £3million have been received, of which over £900,000 worth of funding has been approved. The fund is administered by Antur Teifi and a panel of local people who make the decisions. In direct response to the community consultation, a contract for Strategic Community Development Services was also established with Severn Wye.
This contract was established as a unique pilot to work with the local and wider community; to identify the opportunities and ambitions for the future of the area with the aim of creating a vision and long-term plan. It was also intended for the Strategic Community Development Services provided to help the community to lever additional funds as well as providing strategic support to maximise the long term impact of the fund.
In practice however, the demand to Severn Wye over the last 18 months has been for individual grass roots group support. This was not the intention of the contract and crosses over the services of existing grass roots community support organisations. Members of the panel and the wider community have also highlighted that individual support on grant applications and project development is more of a priority at this point in time rather than the strategic support work. It has therefore been decided by mutual agreement that the Strategic Community Development Service associated with Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Community Fund will cease as of November 2019.
The Strategic Community Development Support was a unique pilot for Brechfa and there have been numerous lessoned learned which could be employed in the future. The work that has already been carried out has been shared with the fund administrator Antur Teifi and will feed into the decision making process.
Severn Wye will work with Antur Teifi to agree any required hand over steps for the remaining groups that are being supported and will also provide any information required for the annual report on the fund.
Any groups or organisations thinking about more strategic type projects will still be able to apply for funding and be supported in their application by the Fund Administrator. The positive impact of the fund is already being felt in the locality and delivery of the fund towards meaningful projects is the priority for all organisations.
Useful documents – Community Investment Fund Development
In 2013 innogy (then RWE npower renewables) carried out a detailed consultation on potential uses for the fund. A report summarising this consultation is available here:
An update on our plans for the fund was published in April 2017 which you can download here:
As referenced in the update document above, an advisory group has been established to provide detailed feedback and advice to innogy to assist in the development of the regional fund in particular. You can read the terms of reference for the group here.
The group started meeting in July 2017 and update notes from their first meeting can be seen here.
November 2017 Newsletter
October 2017 Newsletter
September 2017 Newsletter
August 2017 Newsletter
June 2017 Newsletter
May 2017 Newsletter
March 2017 Newsletter
February 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
December 2016 Newsletter
Access Management Plan
November 2016 Newsletter
Annex 3 - Works Plan 1A
Annex 3 - Works Plan 2A
Annex 3 - Works Plan 3A
Annex 3 - Works Plan 4A
Annex 3 - Works Plan 5A
Annex 3 - Key Plan
15.09.03 FINAL Req 37 Comm Liaison Scheme
 Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to meteorological models seeded with historical weather data obtained from satellite, surface-based and airborne measurement systems, which provide longer term data. The calculations are based on 28 turbines each with an installed capacity of 2.05MW. The energy capture predicted and hence the derived homes equivalent figures may change as further data is gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4500 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK Statistics Authority.