A WIND farm developer is set to launch a consultation over its plan for a second site in Denbighshire.

Innogy, the German renewable energy giant that opened the 96-megawatt Clocaenog Wind Farm in July last year, is planning to construct nine turbines on adjoining forest land. It would generate about 33 megawatts a year, one third of the amount at Clocaenog, which has 27 turbines.

This site, about four kilometres north of Cerrigydrudion, to the west of Clocaenog, was put out for tender for renewable energy development under the Welsh Government’s Planning Policy Wales’ TAN 8 Strategic Search Area, which was won by Innogy.

“The project aims to deliver up to 33MW of clean energy and could include nine wind turbines,” an Innogy spokesperson said. “Innogy is at the start of this development process and wants to consult with the local community on the possible site layout, design and grid route.”

The Alwen Wind Farm plan will involve a community share offer for nearby communities with public meetings held by Innogy and representatives from not-for-profit Community Energy Wales (CEW) at the end of January.

Innogy’s 105-metre rotor turbines at Clocaenog Forest, which were delivered in 136 convoys over three months, supply the National Grid with electricity to power 63,800 homes a year. The company also developed the offshore wind farm on the Rhyl Flats.

Martin Cole, renewables developer for Innogy, said: “We are at a very early stage and keen to share as much information on the project as possible and ask for feedback. Wind energy is a proven technology. We know it works and is significantly contributing towards Wales’ zero carbon ambition.”

Robert Proctor, business development manager for CEW said: “Innogy are working in partnership with CEW to enable local people and supporters the opportunity to invest in the scheme through a community share offer.”

A spokesperson for Cerrigydrudion Community Council said it would comment on the plan after further detail is provided.

The first public meeting takes place on Friday, January 24 at Nantglyn Church House from 3.30pm-6.30pm, and the second on Saturday, January 25 at Cerrigydrudion Community Centre from 10am-1pm.

For further information, visit Innogy’s Alwen Wind Farm page at www.innogy.com/alwen and CEWs community investment network CyfraNi at www.communityenergywales.org.uk/en/cyfranni