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Largest wind farm announced for South Wales

Consent has been granted today for a 299 MW windfarm that will be the largest onshore development of its kind in England and Wales.

Developer Vattenfall predicts that the site will generate enough electricity to power up to 206,000 homes each year.

Consent was granted by energy minister Charles Hendr for the project, which will be situated between Neath and Aberdare in South Wales.

It will consist of 76 turbines and the developer has pledged contributions to community schemes claimed to exceed more than £55 million over the lifetime of the development.

“Onshore wind plays an important role in enhancing our energy security. It is the cheapest form of renewable energy and reduces our reliance on foreign fuel,” said Mr Hendry.

“This project in South Wales will generate vast amounts of home-grown renewable electricity and provide a significant benefits package for the local community.”