Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm

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Construction of innogy’s Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm set to start

Mynydd y Gwair onshore wind farm is now under construction in South Wales, 15 km north of Swansea. Once operational, the 16 turbine project will have an installed capacity of up to 32.8MW. The project is expected to be a significant investment and could create up to 104 equivalent full time jobs on average during each year of its construction and deliver £8.5 million to the local economies of South and West Wales1.

Information about the construction of the project will be exchanged at Community Liaison Group Meetings and also made available on this web page and on our Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm e-newsletter. We are keen to keep people up to date on our activities. If you would like to sign up to receive project newsletters about Mynydd y Gwair e-newsletter, please email us directly.

Community Investment

Working with communities

Once fully operational, Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm will bring with it community funding of £240,000 per annum over the operational lifetime of the wind farm, likely to be up to 25 years.
This flexible funding has the potential to significantly benefit communities both very local to the project and more widely across Swansea.

Proposals for the Community Fund

In 2014 innogy consulted on our proposals for the fund with some key local stakeholders. We also commissioned Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) to undertake a more detailed consultation exercise with communities within our proposed area of benefit for the local fund. The 2014 SCVS report is available here.

In 2018 a second consultation was commissioned within the Mawr Community Council area only as the two original consultation events in Mawr were postponed. PMDevelopments, was invited to work with Mawr Community Council and carry out this additional consultation. The findings of this second consultation project have been written up into a report which, where possible and appropriate, compares findings to and combines data with the results of the 2014 consultation and is available here.

You can read our full proposals, plus highlights from the 2014 consultation, along with more information about our next steps in developing the fund here:

Download Community Fund Structure Document
Download this document in Welsh here

Community Fund Administration

innogy is pleased to announce that the contract to administer the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund has been awarded to Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS). The fund, worth in the region of £6million over the expected 25 year operational lifetime of the project, will be open for applications once the wind farm is fully operational (likely Spring 2019).  

With a membership of over 250 local organisations, SCVS is the umbrella body for the third sector in Swansea. SCVS offers advice, guidance, information, development, training and representation services on all issues linked with voluntary activity.  Throughout 2018, SCVS will work closely with innogy to continue developing the structure of the community fund.  If you would like to be kept informed about the development of the community fund you can register your interest with SCVS by contacting Alyx Baharie, Development Officer, by email: alyx_baharie@scvs.org.uk, or call 01792 544005 or write to: SCVS, 7 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5NF.

Applications are now open for the grants panel members for Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund. The Fund will become available once the wind farm is fully operational. Ahead of this, Swansea Council for Voluntary Service are looking for volunteers to join the grant giving panel. The deadline for applications is January 22nd 2019.  Details can be found on Swansea website.

Contact us

If you have any further questions for our Community Investment team please email

For more information about our community investment programme please visit our Community Investment pages.

Project name Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
Number of turbines 16
Projected capacity up to 32.8MW
Height of turbines up to 127metres at the highest point
Non technical summary of the project Download

Construction Update

Project Manager, Tim James, will post regular updates on the construction of Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm here.

Construction Project Manager’s Blog

Welcome to my Blog. During the construction of Mynydd y Gwair wind farm I will regularly update my blog to outline what has been happening on site, any upcoming events and share some progress photographs.

The last abnormal load delivery to Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm for 2018 will be made this week.  The deliveries, transferring the turbine components from Swansea Port to site, were originally expected to be complete by the end of this year.  However, due to weather delays on site, the period for deliveries has been extended and will now recommence in January 2019. 

Work on site expected to resume on the 3rd of January and the abnormal load deliveries resuming on the week commencing 7th January 2019. 

On behalf of the project team and myself, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. 

Season’s  Greetings. 

Delivery of a tower section
Delivery of a tower section

The main crane has arrived at site, set up and the erection of wind turbines has commenced.

UPDATE TO YOUR MOBILE

We have set up a text messaging service to keep you informed of what we are doing. This provides a fast and efficient way of keeping you updated with key construction activities, deliveries and information on our community benefit fund. If you would like to be contacted in this way please rgegister your mobile telephone number by texting your name and the acronym: MyGWF to 88882 or email us with your details.

(1) The Regeneris report contains research on economic issues associated with the construction and operation of the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm. Values are measured as Gross Value Added - a measure of the value of goods and services that an economy produces. During construction, the project could also potentially generate 104 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs each year in Wales. The full Regeneris report is one of the key supporting documents included within the application and the Environmental Statement. The full report is available to download here.

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