A wind farm could be built in the Dulais Valley if Neath Port Talbot Council gives the project the go-ahead.
The Spanish renewable energy company Acciona has applied to the council for planning permission to place 14 wind turbines that will stretch up to 125 metres on farmland based at Hirfynydd, which is situated east of Crynant and south of Seven Sisters.
Providing these 21MW turbines will cost an estimated £21 million, but it is expected that the amount of electricity generated by the farm would be enough to supply the equivalent of 21 per cent of all the homes in the Neath Port Talbot County area.
Acciona senior development manager Mike Paffey said: “This project will help meet Wales’ needs for more sustainable energy and won’t have a lasting impact on the landscape.
“This application sees the continuation of our proven track record of developing projects sensitively and in close co-operation with local communities.
“We have an open consultation with the public through our website, literature and public exhibitions and have already received suggestions as to how the windfarm funds might benefit the local community.”
Stressing the need for a transparent debate on this issue, Seven Sisters community councillor Steve Hunt, said: “The people who are the closest to the wind farm should have a very very large say on the progress of it.
“I do not agree with the attitude ‘if it’s not in my back yard then I don’t care’ because if could be in your backyard next time, so we should all pull together as a community to help each other.”
Accoina are inviting residents of Crynant and Seven Sisters to attend their two public exhibitions on their wind farm proposal.
Seven Sisters Community Hall will be hosting an exhibition on Monday, February 18 and Crynant Community Centre will be the venue for a second exhibition Thursday, February 21. Both exhibitions will run from 12 noon until 8pm.
by Emma Pengelly, Neath Guardian
31 January 2008
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