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Planning, problem solving and sheer determination result in turbine being built on abandoned wind farm

After a decade of unsuccessful attempts by other developers, CleanEarth’s planning and project management teams overcame a host of challenges to get the Nant Bach turbine in north Wales operational.

An 11-turbine wind farm had previously been approved at the site, but after a number of setbacks and a lack of grid export in the area, the site was dropped and all interested parties released from their legal obligations.

Then CleanEarth stepped in.

We quickly secured 1.5 MW of export capacity by installing 3.5 km of new cable to an alternative point of connection. And we built 5 km of dedicated access track through remote, mountainous terrain.

As a result, this 1.5 MW wind turbine is generating over 5.2 million kWh of renewable energy each year, equivalent to powering well over a thousand Welsh homes.

See the news for more about this challenging project.

This was a really challenging build. Our toughest yet. Getting the 100m turbine into position was fairly straightforward once we’d created the access track, but building that was a major undertaking.

Tristan Grimes – Operations Director, CleanEarth

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