Abergwaun Community Turbine
In the summer of 2011, our renewables group, with support from the Welsh Government’s community renewables programme, Ynni’r Fro, and in partnership with Parc-y-Morfa Farms Ltd initiated a joint venture project on land adjacent to Fishguard, where the turbine now stands.
Following feasibility work, we submitted a planning application in August 2013 for a 250KW turbine with a mast height of 30m and blade diameter of 30m. Although initially refused, permission was granted on appeal in August 2014. Raising the £285,000 needed for our 50% share of the project proved easier than expected, the whole amount being lent by 29 individuals and 3 local community groups within five months.
It took four months from ordering an Endurance X-29 225kW turbine to commissioning on 27th August 2015. At the time, it was anticipated that the turbine would have an output of approximately 590,000 KWh per year, equivalent of powering approx 140 homes, with carbon savings of 320 tonnes of CO², as compared to fossil fuelled generation. The annual average to date is just under 600,000kwh. Six months of production was lost in 2018 due to a gear box fault; fortunately, financial loss was minimal due to insurance cover.
October 2021 Update
The export price of electricity for the first six years was remarkably stable at around 5 pence/kwh. At the time of writing, a new twelve month contract has just been signed at 16 pence/kwh. This should enable all the remaining loans to be repaid during 2022, and provide a good start for our Community Climate Fund. We have an aspiration to develop an ‘Energy Local’ scheme, for local economic benefit.
We are happy to share our experience with other community groups, please contact Transition Bro Gwaun for more details.
Advice and Support
If you’re interested in setting up your own renewable energy system we have created a brief summary of support and resources:Download: Guidance on energy related issues