Dulas and Norvento partner-up to provide Welsh wind solution

Welsh renewable energy advisor, Dulas has teamed up with Norvento in its provision of a 100kW on-site wind power solution in Carmarthenshire, south Wales.

The consultancy delivered independent technical, planning and siting support for the project, minimising risk ahead of turbine investment.

For the Carmarthenshire installation at Rhosfach which is located approximately 10km north west of Llandeilo, Dulas was appointed to provide technical advice, enabling the choice of a turbine that was most suitable for the specific site ” in this case a Norvento nED100 machine. Dulas also advised on project siting, environmental impacts, and the returns the landowner could expect to achieve over the 20-year lifetime of the turbine.

Dulas then acted as a planning agent, submitting the application to the local authority, resolving post-submission matters and working to successfully discharge planning related conditions. The firm’s longstanding expertise and heritage in working with the planning authorities on renewable energy projects throughout the UK ensured that the project secured permission following the first submission of the planning application.

This approach enabled the farmer to benefit from a low risk and low cost approach to securing consent and permission for the project prior to the installation of the turbine – without having to deal directly with the developer or manufacturer, which could ultimately have resulted in a reduction in return on investment.

Despite well-documented challenges to the development of medium-scale wind projects throughout the UK, including grid connection issues and continuous degressions to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) support mechanism, on-site turbine installations, if properly carried out, still offer considerable financial and operational benefits to UK landowners.à‚  Indeed, a single turbine of this scale can secure a significant additional income to a farm for the contract period of 20 years, often delivering a financial foundation for farming enterprises that will improve sustainability in the long term.

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