The first electricity is being generated from the Clocaenog Forest wind farm, in north Wales.
The 96MW farm, the largest onshore development in the UK operated by Innogy Renewable UK, will ultimately feature 27 turbines on a site near Ruthin. Summer and autumn 2019 will see the construction and commissioning of the site completed, with the remaining turbine towers and blades erected.
The Vestas wind turbines were delivered by sea to Ellesmere Port, then driven 70 miles to site by local company Collett Transport, using a series of abnormal load convoys. In common with other onshore wind farms in Wales, the site continues to be a worked forest, managed by Natural Resources Wales.
Once completed, the site will deliver enough renewable energy for the equivalent domestic needs of up to 63,800 average households per year. As with other wind farm developments across Wales, the planning and financing agreement includes a series of payments to support local communities close to the wind farm. In the case of Clocaenog, this will amount to £19m over the lifetime of the project.