Public exhibition on plans for ‘Mynydd Ty-talwyn Energy Park’ including up to 10 wind turbines

Informal consultation events will be held next week on proposals for ‘Mynydd Ty-talwyn Energy Park’. Organised by the developer, European renewable energy company Galileo, its an opportunity to hear more about the plans, meet the project team and ask any questions you may have:-

  • Kenfig Hill RFC Clubhouse, Croft Goch Playing Fields/Pisgah Street, Kenfig Hill on Wednesday 20th September at 4.00-8.00pm
  • Maesteg Sports & Social Club, Bridgend Road, Maesteg on Thursday 21st September at 10.00-2.00pm

Comprising up to 10 wind turbines, the wind farm element would have an installed capacity of around 65 Mega-Watts (MW) and each wind turbine would have a height to blade tip of up to 230 metres. If approved, Galileo state the wind element alone could produce approximately 149,638 Mega-Watt hours (MWh) of electricity annually – enough to power up to 42,644 homes. This would result in savings of up to 64,643 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) modules fixed to mounting structures known as ‘strings’ are also proposed for the site. Each panel would typically be 2m long and 1m wide with a maximum height of the modules of approximately 4m.

A Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) consisting of shipping container units that would provide peak generation and grid balancing services to the electricity grid is the third component of the planned energy park.

The Galileo project team are currently working with relevant environmental, technical and engineering specialists to carry out extensive site surveys and site assessments.

As the energy power generated by the proposed energy park would exceed 10MW, the project would be classed as a Development of National Significance (DNS) and would be determined by Welsh Government Ministers, with Bridgend County Borough Council and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council being key statutory consultees as the local planning authorities.

The application would be administered and examined by Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), which is part of the Welsh Government, with the expectation that it will be ready to submit to it in late 2024.

Galileo has said it would set up a Community Wealth Fund, index-linked, for the operational lifetime of the energy park. The extent of the community fund will be based on each MW of the entire project providing a guaranteed income of £5,000 annually (index-linked).

As part of the Community Wealth Fund Galileo is keen to explore the potential for discounting energy bills for those properties in communities closest to the energy park.

To encourage local students who want to extend their education but may not have the means to do so, Galileo has said it could set up a project bursary scheme. Working with local schools, further education practitioners, and relevant Welsh organisations, Galileo could support aspiring learners and those wishing to enter Modern Apprenticeships or develop land-based skills.

In addition to the Community Wealth Fund, up to 10% ownership in the project would be offered to the community near the development in a community shared ownership scheme.

A Construction Community Fund would be made available to local groups and organisations to coincide with the start of construction until the commencement of the operation of the energy park, to help offset any inconvenience caused during the construction period.

For more information please visit mttenergypark.co.uk or www.galileoenergy.uk, call 0330 363 6229, email: MTT@galileoenergy.uk