Airvolution Turbine Plans Consultation, Ysgellog 2
by Jo Quinney
Ysgellog Farm WInd Turbine, Rhosgoch, Anglesey
Proposals for building two new turbines close to two existing turbines near Ysgellog Farm, Rhosgoch on Anglesey are set to be presented to local residents.
Airvolution Energy Limited, which specialises in developing small wind-energy projects, is investigating a site at Bodewryd Farm, Rhosgoch, and is inviting local people to find out more at community information days at the Amlwch Town Council Chamber on Tuesday 22nd October and Ysgol Gymuned Llanfechell School on Wednesday 23rd October.
The company estimates that the Ysgellog 2 site is potentially suitable for two wind turbines. They would be up to 92.5m in height to the blade tip. In addition to generating a significant amount of clean, renewable energy, the wind turbines would also bring benefits to the local community.
Airvolution has established a community benefit fund for the Ysgellog Farm wind project. The two established turbines will deliver £465,000 in community funding over the next 25 years.
If the Ysgellog 2 turbines were approved, there would be an additional £20,000 per year to add to the community fund, worth £500,000 over the lifetime of the project. The combined community benefit fund for Ysgellog Farm turbines and the proposed Ysgellog 2 turbines would be £965,000 over 25 years.
“We are very keen to discuss this with the local community and to hear what residents think about the possibility of an additional two turbines.
Our team will be available to explain what we are considering and to answer any questions about the projects and the community benefit fund,” said Alison Hood, Communications Manager at Airvolution.
At the community information days there will be a ‘GrantScape’ Helpdesk to answer any questions and help groups with putting their applications together.
GrantScape is the independent charity that administers the Ysgellog Community Benefit Fund. Groups within a 6km radius of the turbines are being encouraged to submit applications for the first round of funding, where over £63,000 is being made available from the Ysgellog Farm turbines. Submissions close on 28th October.
During the construction of the two turbines at Ysgellog Farm, 35% of the construction spend stayed within Anglesey, representing a £316,000 spend on the island.
In September 2013, the Ysgellog Farm turbines were announced as Wales Green Energy Awards finalists in the ‘Outstanding Green Energy Project’ category.
The community information days take place at Amlwch Town Council Chamber on Tuesday 22nd October, 2pm to 7pm, and Ysgol Gymuned Llanfechell School on Wednesday 23rd October, 7pm to 9pm.
Further details about Airvolution and the Ysgellog 2 project can be found at www.ysgellog2-wind.co.uk
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