Vattenfall has officially opened the 228MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, the largest onshore wind farm located in Wales.
The First Minister of Wales and the CEO of Vattenfall were in attendance for the inauguration and revealed that the project has generated 1,000 jobs over the past 3 years and already contributed roughly £208mn to the Welsh economy.
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said, “Wind power is a key part of our efforts to build a sustainable low carbon economy for Wales. I am pleased we were able to support this project, which has shown how the local community, the Welsh economy and people right across the country can benefit from such a scheme.”
NRW Managed Estate by Vattenfall’s President and CEO, Magnus Hall said, “Pen y Cymoedd boosts Wales’ drive to carbon reduction, it accelerates Vattenfall’s shift to be fossil free in a generation and it helps the Welsh economy to grow. Vattenfall and our contractors have spent £220mn in the Welsh economy since construction started in 2014, 52% of the total investment we have made in Pen y Cymoedd. That is quite an achievement and one we will want to repeat if we get the chance to build other wind farms in Wales. We are in Wales to grow.”
Diane McCrea MBE, Chair of Natural Resources Wales said, “The environment is our most valuable natural asset and Pen y Cymoedd, constructed on land NRW manages on behalf of the Welsh Government, is an excellent example of the right development in the right place. We have worked closely with Vattenfall to deliver this project, which not only stimulates positive economic change for Wales, but also puts NRW at the forefront of Welsh Government’s low carbon economy, climate change and green growth programmes – all aligned to our purpose of managing the environment and natural resources sustainably.”