UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has granted consent for a controversial 76-turbine wind farm located between Neath and Aberdare in Wales, paving the way for the biggest such facility in the UK.

Developer Vattenfall predicts the Pen y Cymoedd project will power the equivalent of up to 206,000 homes a year. The turbines will be up to 145 metres high and have a total capacity of 299 MW, reports the Western Mail.

According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change it will have “the highest generating capacity of any onshore wind farm in England and Wales”.

Vattenfall stated that it will cost £300m ($484m) to build the wind farm, creating or supporting around 300 jobs in Wales, and once a final investment decision has been taken construction could start next year with the first electricity generated in 2016.

Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s head of onshore wind development in the UK, said: “Pen y Cymoedd is a major project that could be worth more than £1bn to the UK economy. We have consistently stated our commitment to making sure that we maximise the value of Pen y Cymoedd to the region and to Wales. This is now our priority.”

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