Wales’ biggest windfarm – generating jobs
Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd windfarm has been officially opened today by Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, with Vattenfall’s CEO also in attendance.
The First Minister stated that wind power is “a key part of our efforts to build a sustainable low-carbon economy for Wales.” This important affirmation comes shortly after the Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs gave a statement in the National Assembly which set targets for Welsh renewables, and called on the UK Government to allow onshore wind and solar to compete in the next round of CfDs.
More than half of the £400m investment has gone to businesses in Wales for the construction of the project, securing 1,000 jobs over the last three years. More than 20 full-time and highly-skilled technical jobs have been created locally for the project lifetime in operations and maintenance.
Commenting on the official opening, David Clubb said:
“Vattenfall have demonstrated that Wales can play host to exemplar onshore wind projects. Pen y Cymoedd has boosted tourism, clean energy, local supply chains, local employment and will support good habitat management for our upland peatlands.
“We’re working hard with our partners to help other developments like this take place across Wales, for the benefit of our householders, communities and businesses.”