A CONSULTATION on a major wind farm development will run until early next month.

RWE, Wales’ largest electricity generator, is to begin an early-stage consultation on proposals to build a 62 MW renewable energy scheme on the boundary between Denbighshire and Gwynedd.

If approved, Gaerwen Wind Farm, located to the north of Llandderfel and Llandrillo, will consist of up to 13 turbines with a maximum tip height of 180m.

The informal consultation runs from November 15 until December 6, with in-person events in Corwen, Llandderfel, and Llandrillo, and it follows meetings with local stakeholders including community and county councillors as well as Senedd members.

There will be two consultation events on Friday, December 2.

Canolfan Ni, in Corwen, will host one between 10am and 2pm, with the other one at Neuadd Bro Derfel, Llandderfel between 3 and 7pm.

On Saturday, December 3, a consultation event will be held at Y Ganolfan, Llandrillo, between 10am and 2pm.

As well as generating clean, green electricity at low cost, RWE anticipates putting together a package of benefits that will directly benefit local people, including a community investment fund.

The company is also working with Community Investment Wales to explore an element of local or shared ownership.

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In addition, RWE is considering the potential for solar power and battery storage on-site.

Arfon Edwards, RWE’s project manager leading on the development, said: “The proposed Gaerwen wind farm is at an early stage in its journey as a project, and our intention at this initial public consultation is to share information with interested groups, provide an opportunity for local people to speak with the team, and seek feedback on environmental and visual aspects.

“While we do have a great deal of experience in setting up community benefit packages, each area has unique needs, so we want to hear what people would like in this regard as well.

“We believe that there is good potential on this site for renewable energy, which will help tackle climate change and secure electricity supplies.”

The proposed wind farm would contribute to both Welsh and UK Government targets towards net zero.

As work to assess the project’s environmental impact begins, RWE wants to learn what other considerations may need to be made as plans are developed.

Over the coming months, RWE will continue to speak with local communities, while drafting a formal Environmental Impact Assessment, before undertaking the statutory pre-application consultation in the summer of 2023.

Responses can be submitted in person at events, as well as via the project email address, gaerwen@rwe.com as well as by post.

More information about the project is available at www.rwe.com/gaerwen