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Coriolis Energy and ESB are seeking to develop a wind farm in South Wales, known as Y Bryn wind farm.

Scope of Project

The proposed wind farm site is split into two blocks. The Bryn block is located to the south of the B4282, with the Penhydd block located to the north of the road. The Llynfi and Afan valleys lie to the east and west of the wind farm site respectively. The M4 motorway, the main arterial route running east to west through South Wales, lies to the south of the site.

The design of the proposed wind farm is likely to evolve during the course of the project, however at this initial stage, the project is currently envisaged as comprising:

  • Up to 26 turbines of up to 250m maximum tip height
  • transformers housed either within or adjacent to turbines
  • onsite access tracks plus underground cable runs alongside
  • a site sub-station building
  • a battery energy storage facility
  • one or more permanent anemometry masts (at the hub height of the turbines).

As we progress through the pre-application process, further information and documents will be available to download from the Project documents page.

Frequently asked questions

These initial FAQs provide some initial information about the proposals. They will evolve and expand over time to incorporate additional information and address queries that arise as the Project progresses.

Coriolis Energy and ESB is seeking to develop a wind farm in South Wales, known as Y Bryn wind farm.

The proposed wind farm site is split into two blocks. The Bryn block is located to the south of the B4282, with the Penhydd block located to the north of the road. The Llynfi and Afan valleys lie to the east and west of the wind farm site respectively. The M4 motorway, the main arterial route running east to west through South Wales, lies to the south of the site.

The design of the proposed wind farm is likely to evolve during the course of the project, however at this initial stage, the project is currently envisaged as comprising:

  • Up to 26 turbines of up to 250m maximum tip height
  • transformers housed either within or adjacent to turbines
  • onsite access tracks plus underground cable runs alongside
  • a site sub-station building
  • a battery energy storage facility
  • one or more permanent anemometry masts (at the hub height of the turbines).

As this project will deliver in excess of 10MW of wind energy it will constitute a Development of National Significance (DNS) under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 and Coriolis Energy and ESB must apply to the Planning Inspectorate Wales, which will make a recommendation to Welsh Ministers on whether or not to grant planning permission.

Ultimately, Welsh Ministers will decide whether or not to approve the application, however many other parties will have the opportunity to influence the proposals, including host local authorities, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Bridgend County Borough Council, as well as local communities and interested parties.

We are proposing to undertake an extensive pre-application community consultation exercise prior to submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate. This will involve at least two rounds of public consultation, and a formal consultation period as required by the DNS regulations set out in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

We have now launched our first phase of public consultation on the proposals. Please visit us at one of our consultation events, or click here to visit the virtual consultation event and have your say.

Y Bryn wind farm offers opportunities for considerable community benefits of various kinds, including the direct benefit of investment in the local area (and supply chain), and opportunity for employment generation. Coriolis Energy and ESB are keen to ensure that the sourcing of components, materials, services and supplies originate wherever possible from the host and neighbouring local authorities. Apprenticeships, site operatives and staff employed locally are also important targets for the Project.

Further information on supply chain and economic investment opportunities can be found in our public consultation materials. Please click here to visit the virtual consultation event and find out more.

Coriolis Energy and ESB are aware of Welsh Government targets for Community ownership in renewables by 2030 and fully supports the aspiration.

Community Ownership will form a central consideration over the course of the pre-application process and the Project Team looks forward to discussing this with local communities.

Further information on community ownership opportunities can be found in our public consultation materials. Please click here to visit the virtual consultation event and find out more.