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Caerphilly Council approves plans for MOU with RWE for onshore wind

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May, 2021

Caerphilly Council has agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with RWE to explore options for the Council to invest, through a shared ownership model in a proposed wind farm development.

The MOU will enable both Caerphilly Council and RWE to work in partnership to explore the possibility of developing a shared ownership model for the proposed onshore wind farm on private land at Pen March Farm near Rhymney.

The project could see the Council contributing towards the building costs of the development in return for some of the revenue generated as well as maximising the local community benefits attributed with the scheme.

The proposed scheme could potentially consist of up to seven turbines, with an installed operational capacity of up to 30MW. 

Jenny Cowley, Renewables Developer at RWE Renewables, said:

“We are delighted to have signed an MOU with Caerphilly County Borough Council.  Onshore wind has the potential to play a key role in helping Wales to become a net zero nation and RWE is well placed to develop this project.  RWE is committed to bringing much needed economic benefits to the area and will utilise as many local businesses as possible.”

Councillor John Ridgewell, Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity that not only meets the Council’s priorities to lower carbon emissoins, making the county borough an even greener place, but also links to our commitments to maximise opportunities for commercial investment and deliver wider community benefits.  This project really demonstrates our ethos as an organisation with a commercial mind and social heart.”