RES gets green light for 25-MW Welsh wind project with storage
Wind turbines in UK. Author: Stephen Jones. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic
September 30 (Renewables Now) - The government of Wales has given the green light to UK-based RES Group’s proposal to build a 25-MW wind park with an integrated energy storage component, the developer said on Thursday.
The Welsh Ministers have approved the company’s application under the Developments of National Significance planning process and is the first onshore wind project greenlighted via this scheme.
The Upper Ogmore project calls for the installation of a seven-turbine wind park near Blaengarw and Nant-y-Moel in Bridgend County Borough, some 20 miles (32 km) west of the capital Cardiff. The power plant, to be capable of generating enough electricity to supply around 21,000 homes per year, will be coupled with a 20-MW battery storage facility.
RES initiated the Upper Ogmore project in 2017. It expects that the operation of the wind-battery park will bring GBP 16 million (USD 17.8m/EUR 18.1m) in local economic investment.
At present, RES owns five onshore wind farms in Wales. At the end of last year, it was granted planning consent for its 30-turbine Llanbrynmair wind farm in Powys, mid Wales, with a capacity of up to 90 MW.
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