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Valley baffled as turbines on stop  

Credit:  Mynydd y Betws wind farm had not been in operation for more than a month | Lucy Domachowski, Reporter | South Wales Guardian | www.southwalesguardian.co.uk ~~

Residents have been left baffled as to why a wind farm’s turbines had not been turning for more than a month.

Amman and Swansea Valley residents have expressed their concern after the wind farm development, Mynydd y Betws, had not been seen in operation for six weeks.

Mynydd y Betws is located between Ammanford and Clydach.

Resident Michael Davies, who can see the wind farm from his home in Cwmllynfell and his work in Tairgwaith said: “The turbines have been on stop for more than a month.

“I can see them from my house.

“They spent all that money on it and caused so much upset when they were being put in, and now they’re not even being used.”

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which is majority owned by the Irish Government, acquired the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm in June 2010 and it started operating in April 2013.

An ESB representative said: “ESB can confirm that Mynydd Betws Wind Farm has been put in paused state since the last week in July 2017.

“Western Power the Grid Operator in Wales has been conducting essential maintenance on the 132kV line which connects the wind farm to the grid, and as such the wind farm has been subject to a grid outage for the last month.

“Western Power’s expected date of completion is September 1, after a period of drying out the wind farm should be up and running later that week.”

The turbines started turning again on Friday, September 1.

Another resident, who can see the wind farm from his property, said: “They haven’t been up for long and they’ve already stopped them turning.

“How much money was spent building them?

“They caused so much trouble for so many years when they built them – Arctic lorries coming through and damaging the villages.

“It’s disgraceful that they have been off for more than a month.

“They are supposed to be providing power to a huge amount of Carmarthenshire.

“If that’s true then we would have been without power for all this time.”

Located on common land to the east of Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm was a joint venture by development company Cambrian Renewable Energy Limited, renewable energy company Eco2 and local businesses.

Source:  Mynydd y Betws wind farm had not been in operation for more than a month | Lucy Domachowski, Reporter | South Wales Guardian | www.southwalesguardian.co.uk

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