Welsh wind revives coal mine

A 4MW project at a disused coal mine in Wales was formally opened today, marking the first commercial deployment of Senvion’s new MM100 turbines in Europe.

The two 130-metre high, 50-metre-blade turbines at Oakdale result from a collaboration between developer Partnerships for Renewables (PFR) and Caerphilly Council.

PFR aims to install up to 500MW of onshore wind across the UK, largely focused on the opportunities of unexploited land owned by the public sector.

The developer was set up by the UK’s Carbon Trust to primarily work with public sector bodies helping them access the economic and environmental benefits associated with renewables.

In addition to the rent paid to the council for use of the site, PFR will provide a community benefit package of £10,000 ($16,800) per year, index-linked for the lifetime of the wind farm, to fund projects that will have a social, economic or environmental benefit.

PFR CEO Stephen Ainger said: “Onshore wind is not only the cheapest form of renewable energy but can deliver significant economic benefit to local communities, powering local industry and supporting jobs and investment."