Brechfa Forest West Onshore Wind Farm

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innogy’s onshore project in South Wales is called Brechfa Forest West

Construction of Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm is almost complete and on the afternoon of the 23rd August, the project team are inviting members of the local community to visit the site and see the wind farm up close. A Community Open Day, commencing at 2pm will be suitable for all ages and free to attend but registration is required. For more information or to register email brechfa@innogy.com

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 38,800 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 Construction update

Martin Kelly - construction project director and nominated representative for the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm

Martin Kelly, the construction project director and nominated representative for the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm. 

June 2018

All Turbines are now operational although we are still carrying out final testing and servicing works. Much of the construction activities are now drawing to an end but reinstatement works and snagging will continue into the Summer. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to again thank members of the local community for their patience during this period – we do appreciate it.  I would also like to invite you all to our planned Community Open Day which will take place at 2pm on 23rd August” 

During construction, we were pleased to have commissioned work or placed contracts with the following local companies:

  • Tree services- Ceredigion
  • Public access works- Carmarthenshire
  • Security- Carmarthenshire
  • Ecological Clerk of Works- Ceredigion
  • Ground investigations- Bridgend
  • Stone supply- Carmarthenshire
  • Bird survey works- Ceredigion
  • Vehicle purchase- Carmarthenshire
  • Bat survey works & advice- Swansea
  • Cleaning services- Carmarthenshire
  • Fuel- Carmarthenshire
  • Concrete- Carmarthenshire
  • Various civil construction works (approximately 33-50% of operators doing physical construction work on the site are locally based) 
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    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?

    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.

    How to get involved

    We are now looking for people who live, work or volunteer in the area of benefit for the local fund to apply for a voluntary position on the grants panel that will decide on awards from the local fund. To receive an application pack or to discuss this opportunity, please contact Antur Teifi on 01239 710238, email Brechfa@anturteifi.org.uk or visit their website. The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd August 2018.

    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: 07792 693874 or email: Brechfa@severnwye.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 those meetings will appear here.

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

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