innogy Renewables UK’s largest onshore wind farm, Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm successfully installed all of the project's 27 turbines. The 96MW wind farm is located within a working forest, managed by Natural Resources Wales near Denbigh. The wind farm will be fully operational later this year.
Andy Clayton, Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Project Manager said: “It’s a momentous achievement by the team. They’ve worked tirelessly, often not helped by challenging weather conditions, to ensure that the 27 turbines have been installed safely and successfully. Having already achieved first generation back in July, our next target is to commission all the turbines, with the aim to have the wind farm fully operational later this year.”
Once fully operational the associated community fund worth a total of £19 million over the operating lifetime will become available to applicants. This flexible funding has the potential to significantly benefit communities both local to the project and more widely across North Wales. Currently the process to put in place an independent organisation to administer the fund is ongoing, with an announcement set to be made later this autumn.