Wind energy developers Renewable Energy Systems are pleased with the decision by the National Assembly of Wales to grant planning permission for the Mynydd Clogau wind farm in Wales, following the passage of over six years since the planning application was originally submitted. The 11 MW project north west of Newtown, Powys, will generate enough electricity for nearly 7,000 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 25,000 tons a year.WALES, United Kingdom – May 30, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The project was awarded a 15-year power purchase contract under the government’s non-fossil fuel obligation in 1994 and a planning application was submitted in January 1996. However, although the local authority did not object to the plan, the application was held by the Welsh Office for three years and subsequently called in by the Secretary of State in 1999, which led to a full public inquiry. RES has been awaiting a final decision from the Welsh Assembly since March 2001. “We are delighted that this project, after six years in the planning system, can finally be built,” said Dr. Ian Mays, Managing Director of RES. “But it’s a sad reflection of the problems the British wind industry has been experiencing that it has taken this long. Wind power’s true potential – in terms of job creation and emissions reduction – has yet to be realized here because of delay and inconsistencies in planning policy, particularly in England and Wales, while elsewhere in Europe the wind industry is booming.” Renewable Energy Systems, which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of construction of its first wind farm, is one of the world’s leading wind developers. It is enjoying success on the international market, with offices across Europe and the United States. Last year the RES group completed over 460 MW of wind generating capacity, including the world’s largest wind farm at King Mountain in Texas. It currently has planning permission for 4 projects in the UK, at Glens of Foudland and Black Hill in Scotland and Altahullion and Lendrum’s Bridge in Northern Ireland, all of which are expected to begin construction within the next year.