Brechfa Forest Wind Farm

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Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm
Country Wales, United Kingdom
Location 10 km NE of Carmarthen
Coordinates 51°59′00″N 04°09′50″W / 51.98333°N 4.16389°W / 51.98333; -4.16389Coordinates: 51°59′00″N 04°09′50″W / 51.98333°N 4.16389°W / 51.98333; -4.16389
Status Operational
Construction began November 2016
Owner(s) Welsh Assembly Government
Operator(s) innogy Renewables UK
Power generation
Units operational 28
Nameplate capacity 57.4 MW

Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm is a wind farm in Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire in south west Wales. Construction of the wind farm began in November 2016 and power generation commenced in January 2018.[1]


Innogy Renewables UK Ltd. proposed that the wind farm would be built in Strategic Search Area G, created as part of the Welsh Government's TAN 8[2] policy, published in 2005. Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, had a proposed capacity of greater than 50 MW; thus the application was submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

The Brechfa Forest West development, located near the Afon Pib valley, consists of 28 turbines with a maximum tip height of 145 metres. The turbines have a generating capacity of around 57.4 MW. The plans were opposed by local activists.[3]

As the Infrastructure Planning Commission ceased to exist in April 2012, the Brechfa Forest West application fell to the National Infrastructure Planning section of the Planning Inspectorate to produce a recommendation for the Secretary of State at DECC. They recommended approval, and DECC confirmed that development consent for Brechfa Forest West was granted on 12 March 2013.[4]

Carmarthenshire County Council Planning Committee approved the planning application for Brechfa Forest East at their 17 December 2013 meeting.[5]


Construction on the Brechfa Forest West wind farm started in November 2016, and all turbines were operational in June 2018.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Lewis, Ian (2018-01-19). "The first electricity from new West Wales wind farm has started being produced". walesonline. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ WG TAN 8 website
  3. ^ website
  4. ^ NIPS website
  5. ^ BBC website
  6. ^ innogy Renewables UK. "Brechfa Forest West Onshore Wind Farm". Retrieved 2018-08-31.

External links

  • Action plan for community led sustainable development Information on community led projects for job creation linked to the attractiveness of the landscape of the area for recreation and tourism.

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