ABOUT THE PROJECT
The proposed wind farm is situated between the villages of Llanbrynmair and Llanerfyl, within the circle shown here in red and is well placed in Powys to make a genuine contribution to regional and national renewable energy targets, with ample wind crossing the site.
At 30 turbines, Llanbrynmair Wind Farm would be capable of generating at least 60MW of clean, green electricity. This is roughly equivalent to the average annual consumption of more than 38,000 UK homes* and would make a significant contribution to renewable energy targets in Wales.
Wind power is a natural, home-grown and abundant source of energy. The Llanbrynmair Wind Farm will help protect our finite natural resources and environment for future generations and make our energy supply more secure, reducing the need to rely increasingly on imports of foreign gas and oil.
Llanbrynmair Wind Farm is within one of the Welsh Assembly Government's designated areas for wind farm developments. These were set out in the planning guidance note 'TAN8' in 2005.
As the proposed Llanbrynmair Wind Farm is over 50MW, RES' planning application was submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The original planning application was submitted in 2009 and received an objection from Powys County Council in September 2012. This triggered a Public Inquiry which was conjoined with applications for four other wind farm projects and an overhead line.
The Public Inquiry was held between 6 June 2013 and 30 May 2014 in Welshpool, Powys.
The Planning Inspector passed his report to the Secretary of State in early December 2014.
In early March 2015, DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) announced the Mid Wales Public Inquiry decision would not be made until early in the next Parliament.
On 7 September 2015, the Secretary of State refused planning permission for Llanbrynmair Wind Farm, against the advice of the Planning Inspector.