RES has received approval for a combined wind and storage project at Upper Ogmore, Blaengarw and Nant-y-Moel in Bridgend, Wales. The 25MW project is the first onshore wind project to be considered under the Developments of National Significance planning process. It was assessed by The Planning Inspectorate on behalf of Welsh Government before the decision was made by Welsh Ministers to approve the project.
The renewable energy company has been progressing proposals for the seven-turbine wind farm and energy storage project since 2017 from its Cardiff office. The proposals had been refined through several design iterations based on feedback received during the public consultation process and information gathered during detailed site survey work.
Chris Jackson, Project Manager said: “developing new onshore wind projects in Wales is popular and that they deliver significant local economic benefits. At Upper Ogmore we expect that £16 million in business rates will be paid across the lifetime of the project, helping to support vital local services in the area.”
RES has been active in Wales since the early 1990s, and has developed or constructed five onshore wind farms in the country. Most recently it completed the 17 turbine Garreg Lwyd Hill wind farm in Powys.
In December 2021 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) also approved RES’ Llanbrynmair wind farm in Powys, mid Wales.