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Tirgwynt wind farm community funds inviting applications

Tirgwynt wind farm fully operational & community funds inviting applications

One of the wind farms constructed with components that passed through Pant on their way to the construction site is now fully operational and community organisations are now being invited to apply for a share of funds totalling £49,200 a year.

Tirgwynt wind farmDeveloper Awel Newydd is pleased to announce that the construction of Tirgwynt wind farm, between Carno and Cefn Coch, is complete and the turbines are fully operational and generating enough renewable electricity for the equivalent of 13,600 typical homes.

The company would like to express its thanks to the local communities for their continued support during this process, and to the local councils for their co-operation during the build.

Andy Black, Operations Director for Awel Newydd, said: “It is wonderful to have Tirgwynt fully up and running. We greatly appreciate the support of the local communities and authorities and our excellent, hard-working contractors who have made delivery of this project possible. It is fantastic that Tirgwynt is providing clean energy to so many local homes, helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. Thank you to everyone involved.”

The wind farm owners are also offering a community benefit fund of £49,200 (index-linked) per year for its lifetime. The fund will be shared among the host communities of Dwyriw and Carno, which already have operational community funds, and the seven communities affected by the turbine delivery route, including Pant.

Awel Newydd has assisted in setting up a new community fund for the delivery route communities of Castle Caereinion, Carreghofa, Llanymynech & Pant, Llandrinio & Arddleen, Llandysilio, Llanfair Caereinion and Welshpool. They are now accepting applications for the first round with a deadline of 31st May 2017.

Carol Davies, clerk to Llandrinio & Arddleen and Landysilio Community Councils, said: “We are pleased that the Tirgwynt community benefit funds are now up and running and look forward to receiving grant applications from local residents and groups. If you have a well deserving project that will benefit the wider community, please get in contact for more information and an application form”.

Application queries for the community fund should be directed to the following Tirgwynt Community Fund (delivery routes): Carol Davies – davies1.thecrest@btinternet.com

Tirgwynt has 12 turbines with an installed capacity of 24.6 MW, generating enough renewable electricity for the equivalent of c13,600 typical homes and saving ca. 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Wind technology is popular in Wales and in the UK. A poll by YouGov in 2014 found that 62% of people in Wales said they supported the development of wind power with 64% saying they were in favor of large-scale wind projects in their council area. This compared favourably to other technologies with just 22% of people stating the same for shale gas, and 31% for nuclear. DECC’s latest Public Attitudes Tracker survey (April 2016) showed that onshore wind is supported by 69% of the British public.

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