Firm makes planning application for two turbines in Caerphilly county
11:01am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PLANNERS are considering applications for two new wind turbines on Caerphilly county mountain tops – in addition to three already under consideration.
G2 Energy Renewable Developments has applied to Caerphilly council to build two 500kw wind turbines near Maesycwmmer and Markham.
Separately REG Windpower has made a planning application over plans for a three turbine windfarm at Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm, which lies between Rhymney and Tredegar.
According to the planning applications by G2 Energy wants to build a turbine at Bryn Ysgawen Farm, Mountain Road, Maesycwmmer, and another at Gelli-wen Farm, Bedwellty Road, Markham.
According to the company each turbine is capable of generating enough energy to power more than 200 homes.
“The sites in Caerphilly [county borough] have been selected due to the availability of the natural resource, grid connection capability and the need for farming diversification,” a spokesperson for G2 energy said.
“In both cases the local farmer and landowner seeks to diversify their activities, generating clean electricity which will strengthen the future of the farms and support the Government’s obligations for the generation of renewable energy and carbon emission reductions.”
The company says the two projects are not wind farms and will not involve over ground cabling or pylons.
Detailed environmental studies are being undertaken to identify potential impacts such as shadow flicker, noise and possible affects on telecoms.
One member of the public contacted the Argus feared one of the turbines would be an “unsightly thing” and would be noisy.
Jefferey Smith, 59, who lives near the Gelli-wen Farm development, said: “We’ve got a beautiful area in Caerphilly. It’s always prided itself in its landscape.”
Planning consent permitting, it is hoped the turbines will be built by the early of summer 2014.
Caerphilly council is also currently considering plans for three turbines elsewhere in the borough.
REG Windpower wants to build a wind farm on land straddling the Caerphilly/Blaenau Gwent border, at Pen Bryn Oer Wind Farm between Rhymney and Tredegar, which could potentially power 2,300 homes.
The company says the site is expected to generate more than 15 million units of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity requirement of around 3,600 homes.
If the wind warm is built REG Windpower promises it will set up a Community Fund of £30,000 to support local good causes throughout the wind farm’s working life.
REG hopes the wind farm could be operational as soon as late 2014 if planning is approved.
The company has already obtained planning from Caerphilly council to place a temporary 50 metre high mast at the site for 24 months.
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