Controversial plans for a £64m wind farm have been scrapped by a power company in a move welcomed by anti-turbine campaigners.
Scottish Power are ditching proposals for a wind farm at Dyfnant Forest, at Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, after working on the proposals for six years.
Company chiefs said the reasons were the length of time for the planning process and a need to modernise the grid, for pulling the plug on the project to build 35 600ft wind turbines there.
Scottish Power had carried out a range of detailed technical and environmental studies at the site before today’s announcement.
The company had said the scheme would provide power for up to 65,000 homes.
Campaigners had protested against the plans with concerns over the damage to tourism.
Simon Christian, UK Managing Director of Scottish Power Renewables, said: “Unfortunately, with anticipated lengthy planning processes and major grid modernisation required, we are not confident the project can be delivered in a time frame that would make it financially viable for us.
“We are currently seeking to replace our turbines at Llandinam in Mid Wales, and we await a planning decision following a lengthy Public Inquiry. We have decided to focus our onshore wind efforts in Wales on this project.
“We have been an active wind power developer in Wales since 1992, and we hope that our association with renewable energy in the country will continue for many years to come.
“We would like to thank all of the residents, groups and interested parties who have been involved in the consultations during development of Dyfnant.”
Concerns had been raised by residents it could have harmed the horse-riding tourism there, where there was a network of trails.
Scottish Power had said the development of 35 turbines of up to 185m – costing around £2m per turbine – would have a generating capacity of up to 120 megawatts (MW).
Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, has welcomed Scottish Power Renewables’ decision.
He said: “It is a wonderful Christmas present for the people who live near Lake Vyrnwy and who share my love for the wider Dyfnant Forest area. Scottish Power Renewables’ plans were in my opinion ecologically and environmentally disastrous for a beautiful part of mid-Wales.”
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