July 16 (Renewables Now) - A partnership between UK-based Coriolis Energy Ltd and Ireland’s ESB will survey a land plot near Port Talbot for the potential development of a wind project, the size of which is yet to be determined.
State-sponsored body Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has offered the opportunity to develop this site to Coriolis and ESB after conducting a competitive bidding process that saw a total of 10 companies bid for the lease.
The area in question is a government-owned woodland estate managed by NRW. The latter has earmarked the site as suitable for the development of a renewable energy project. The companies that took part in the competition offered developments involving other technologies as well, including energy storage, solar and hydropower, but wind power was deemed the most feasible.
When the survey is concluded, the chosen developer will have to apply for planning permission, receiving support from NRW.
The Welsh government has set targets to generate 70% of the country’s power from renewables by 2030 and to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 80% by 2050.