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Amman Valley Project Shortlisted For Major Industry Award

The Awel Co-op community wind farm project near Swansea has been nominated in the 'Community-Led Placemaking' category at the2017 Planning Awards.

21-06-2017 |

The annual awards recognise outstanding work in areas such as infrastructure planning, stakeholder engagement and planning permissions, as well as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.

Owned by local community society Awel Co-op, the Welsh project consists of two 2.35MWh Enercon wind turbines which began production in January and are expected to generate an estimated 12,558 MWh of clean, low carbon, energy a year, enough to supply over 2000 homes.

The wind farm, which is located on Mynydd y Gwrhyd, close to the town of Pontardawe and about 20 miles north of Swansea, recently secured one of the largest investments ever seen in the Amman Valley; a 15-year, £5.25m investment from Triodos, Europe's leading sustainable bank.

Dan McCallum, one of Awel Co-op's directors, said: "It took us 18 years to get this project through planning and built so we are delighted to be shortlisted. We wanted to harness a local asset - wind - to enable local regeneration so it's wonderful to see our turbines in place, generating clean power and we want to encourage more people to visit our site. In addition to Triodos, we want to thank our advisors who worked hard with us over many years to secure planning permission - Dulas, ADAS and our legal team at Burges Salmon."

He adds: "We're having an Open Day on 4 July between 4 - 8pm. Anyone is welcome to attend - please email info@awelamantawe.co.uk or call 01639 830870 to reserve a place. Wind-powered tea, coffee and welshcakes will be available!"

The co-op has also raised a further £2.26m through a local share offer, the largest ever in Wales. The share offer is aiming to raise £3m in total before the end of July which will enable it to refinance a Welsh Government loan.

The project is backed by Hollywood star, Michael Sheen, who hails from Port Talbot;  Welsh rugby legend Paul Thorburn; National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke; and Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Energy in Machynlleth, Powys.

The winners will be announced this evening at Savoy Place in London.

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