UP TO three new wind turbines may be built for Gwent businesses at two industrial estates under council plans.

Caerphilly County Borough Council is looking into generating renewable energy for firms at Pen y Fan Industrial Estate and Oakdale Business Park.

The plan would see two or three turbines, capable of generating 2MW of power, built at Oakdale Business Park.

The 80 metre high turbines could serve the equivalent of 1,300 homes.

A report said the Oakdale site remains undeveloped despite major public investment.

"There is already a substantial demand for energy from employers at Pen y Fan," said the report.

It said the availability of cheaper, greener energy could be a major attraction for businesses to Oakdale.

The distance of the business park from homes would mean the turbines wouldn’t attract problems under planning regulations, the report says.

A study into possibilities at the sites also looked into a communal biomass heat system, but decided wind turbines were less complex and offered the best opportunities.

Surplus energy at the site not used by businesses could be sold on to the National Grid, it added.

The report recommended the council work with Partnership for Renewables, a government body funded by the Carbon Trust and HSBC.

Working with the organisation would mean the council would not have to spend any money on building the wind turbine.

The report is up before the regeneration scrutiny committee yesterday, and their recommendation will be decided on by the council's cabinet in the new year.