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Head of SSE warns Wales on wind farm investment

The head of the UK’s largest renewable energy producer is warning that Wales will lose out on wind farm investment unless the planning process speeds up, reported the BBC.

SSE chief executive Ian Marchant says proposed projects in Wales are taking longer and costing more than in other parts of the UK.

Mr Marchant revealed that a project in the Cambrian Mountains is now being reconsidered.

“The problem we have had is that project is taking longer and costing more to develop than comparable projects in Scotland,” he said.

“The challenge we are facing as developers is do we carry on putting money into that project?

“And that’s one of the things I want to do when I’m down here is take a temperature reading of what the genuine attitude towards renewable development in Wales is.”

According to research carried out by Regeneris Consulting and Cardiff Business School, onshore wind farms could boost the Welsh economy by £2.3bn by 2050, creating an average of 2,000 jobs a year.

SSE, which owns Welsh electricity firm Swalec, has 36 wind farms across Britain, and is planning another 35.

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