A proposal for a new wind farm that could generate enough electricity for 44,000 homes is being discussed in the cities of Blaenau-Gwent and Torfaen this month.

The proposed site for the new wind turbines is located between Abertillery and Abersychan. RWE, one of Wales’ biggest energy producers, said development was at an early stage.

If plans are approved, the site could house up to six wind turbines with a maximum blade height of 200 meters and generate up to 36 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources. The energy saving project should be fully operational by 2027.

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An informal public consultation and two face-to-face events are taking place in Abertillery and Abersychan later this week. The consultations will be an opportunity for local residents to express their views on the energy saving project.

Ollie Piper, project manager at RWE, which is leading the development, said: “Plans for the proposed Abertillery wind farm are at an early stage of development and our intention with this initial public consultation is to share information with interested groups and provide an opportunity. for local residents spoke with the project team. We will also seek feedback on the environmental and visual aspects of the project and listen to what local residents want from a community benefits package. We believe this site has good potential for a renewable energy project to help tackle climate change and secure energy supplies.”

The proposed site is registered as public land and parts of the project will be located on Mynydd James and Gwastad Common. This means that RWE will need separate planning permission from the Welsh Government to develop the land.

The Welsh Government wishes to meet 100% of electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035, and RWE says the wind farm can to support the Welsh Government aspirations of shared or local ownership: this is where a local organization or public body invests and receives a direct share of the profits. RWE also invited the boards of Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen to explore the possibility.

The local community is invited to contribute to the initial plans, with events taking place at Abersychan, Millennium Hall on Friday, March 10th, from 3pm to 7pm, and at Abertillery, Wyndham Vowles Community Center, on Saturday, March 11th, between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm

You can fill out the informal inquiry form here, which ends on Tuesday, March 21st.

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