ScottishPower Renewables and partner Eurus Energy are seeking
to redevelop one of the UK's oldest wind farms in Powys, mid-Wales,
in a project which will treble the energy output of the
Llandinam was the largest wind farm in Europe
when it was originally built in 1992. Now, a Section 36 Planning
Application for the redevelopment of the existing wind farm
has been submitted by CeltPower - a joint venture between
ScottishPower Renewables and Eurus Energy.
The plan, if approved, will see a significant reduction
of turbines on the site - from 103 to 42 - but the newly repowered
wind farm will be capable of producing 96MW of clean green
energy - a rise from the current output of 31MW - and will
be able to power the equivalent of over 53,000 households.
The proposed turbines for the repowering of Llandinam wind
farm will have a tip height of 122 metres (400 ft). Plans
are also being made to recycle the old turbines by offering
them to developers of renewable energy projects elsewhere
in the UK and across to eastern Europe.
The layout of the new site has been shaped following consultation
with a number of key stakeholders and is designed to minimise
landscape and visual effects, whilst also minimising impact
to birds and other wildlife.
Project Director David Walker said - "This is an important
milestone in the development of renewable energy in the UK.
The redevelopment of Llandinam will see the replanting of
one of this country's first wind farms - which, at the time,
was the largest in Europe.
"We aim to fully utilise the huge improvements in turbine
technology over the last 15 years and realise the full potential
of renewable energy from this excellent site - while reducing
the number of turbines."