PROPOSALS for a wind-farm in Bridgend are set to go before the public this week, showing plans for an energy farm based approximately 4km north of the town.
If given the go-ahead by Welsh ministers, the plans could see the creation of the site named Mynydd Ty-talwyn Energy Park, close to the village of Tondu, which would contain up to ten wind turbines with a height to blade tip of up to 230m.
A time-line for the plans indicate that while developers Galileo are currently in a period of informal consultation, because the output of the project is expected to exceed 10MW, it would be classed as a Development of National Significance (DNS) and will eventually be determined by Welsh ministers at their planning department, PEDW.
A report on the company’s website says: “Comprising up to 10 wind turbines, the wind farm element will have an installed capacity of around 65 Mega-Watts (MW) and each wind turbine would have a height to blade tip of up to 230m. The project will also include ground mounted solar energy and battery storage.
“Located on the border between Bridgend County Borough and Neath Port Talbot County Borough, the Mynydd Ty-talwyn Energy Park site benefits from an excellent wind resource. The site also has good access and will be designed to respond to local environmental constraints.”
The announcement of the plans come just months after public backlash over another wind-farm in the area named named Y Bryn, proposed for land between Neath Port Talbot and Maesteg, for what could be the highest onshore wind-farm in the UK. If approved, it would stand at a height more than double that of the current tallest building in Wales, The Tower, Meridian Quay in Swansea.
It is now expected that the Galileo project team will be ready to submit a final application for their project in late 2024, and say they are currently working with environmental, technical and engineering specialists to carry out site surveys and site assessments.
They will also host a series of informal consultation events this week on proposals for Mynydd Ty-talwyn Energy Park as an opportunity for members of the community to hear more about the plans, to meet the project team and to ask any questions they may have.
These will take place at Kenfig Hill RFC Clubhouse, Croft Goch Playing Fields/Pisgah Street, Kenfig Hill on Wednesday, September 20, at 4-8pm, with an additional event taking place in Maesteg Sports & Social Club, Bridgend Road, Maesteg on Thursday, September 21 at 10am-2pm.