Bryn Cadwgan Energy Park
Bryn Cadwgan Energy Park, proposed by renewable energy company Galileo, is located on the Carmarthenshire / Ceredigion border, approximately 10km to the east of Lampeter, 10km to the south of Tregaron and 16km to the north of Llandovery.
Comprising up to 25 turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 230m. The wind element alone will have an installed capacity of up to 175 megawatts (MW). Solar photovoltaic panels and battery energy storage system technology are also being considered at the Energy Park, subject to the completion of further technical studies.
Situated in a very rural, sparsely populated area within the Cambrian Mountain Range, the Bryn Cadwgan Energy Park site benefits from an excellent wind resource. The site is currently used for grazing farmland and forestry.
Due to the scale of the proposed Bryn Cadwgan Energy Park, it is classed as a Development of National Significance (DNS) and a planning application will be submitted to the Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW) for determination by Welsh Ministers. This applies to all energy generation projects between 10MW and 350MW.
Although Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion County Councils will not determine the planning application, they are key statutory consultees and will prepare Local Impact Reports as the host planning authorities.
The Application will be administered by the Welsh Government, with the expectation that it will be ready to submit in late 2024.
If the Bryn Cadwgan Energy Park is approved, the turbines alone could produce over 175 megawatts (MW), enough to power up to 115,000 homes 2. This could save up to 171,000 tonnes 3 of carbon dioxide emissions per year, assisting in tackling the climate emergency and supporting Wales to achieve its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In addition, it will provide social and economic benefits to local communities and to the wider region, for example through construction and operational employment and long-term economic investment.
The project has secured a grid connection to allow us to export electricity to the National Grid. A specific route of the grid connection is still to be decided, and so will be subject to a separate consent application.