United Kingdom

United Kingdom

MANWEB'S 35MW

Electricity utility Manweb has unveiled plans for a 35 MW wind farm in north Wales -- its largest proposed scheme to date. The company hopes to build up to 87 wind turbines over 3000 acres on the Denbigh Moors, near Pentrefoelas. The site, on common land owned by tenants of the Foelas Estate, is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Geraint Jewson of Manweb claims that during local public consultations, reactions to the proposal have been mostly positive. "It has been received pretty well. Clearly there are some people who have concerns, but generally I was very pleased by the public reaction," he says. The scheme -- which has a NFFO-3 power purchase contract for its output -- is a joint venture between Manweb and US wind turbine manufacturer and developer Kenetech. However, according to Jewson, the choice of turbines is not a foregone conclusion. "We are looking at a variety of turbines," he says. The company expects to submit a planning application shortly.

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