Brechfa Forest West Onshore Wind Farm

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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
Planned commissioning date November 2017

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: community.investment@innogy.com. Alternatively you can read on for a brief summary below. 

How to apply for funding

Innogy has awarded the contract to manage the fund to Antur Teifi. For an application pack please visit Antur Teifi’s website or contact them on Tel 01239 710238 or email: brechfa@anturteifi.org.uk.

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.

How to get involved

Innogy has also invested in the services of a part time Development Officer, Aled Vaughan Owen, to support the community to develop projects that might apply to the fund. Aled will be making contact with as many people as possible in the community over the coming months, he will also be exploring the priorities identified in previous consultations and finding out if there is a desire to develop these into projects that deliver for the local community. If you would like to talk to him please get in touch Tel: 01239 710238 or email Brechfa@anturteifi.org.uk.

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:

Brechfa Forest Community Profile

An update on our plans for the fund was published in April 2017 which you can download here:

April 2017 Community Investment Update – English
April 2017 Community Investment Update – Welsh

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.

Investment Fund Advisory Group – update #1 – English
Investment Fund Advisory Group – update #1 – Welsh

Footnote

[1] 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.

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