BLOW AHEAD; Wind Power Plants on the Way for 500,000
Byline: JON CLEMENTS
NEARLY half a million people could be getting electricity from wind power within a year.
The Government yesterday gave the go-ahead for Britain's biggest onshore windfarm, powering 40,000 homes in Wales.
And details of a windfarm in Scotland, generating electricity for 80,000 homes, were submitted to the Scottish Executive.
The pounds 35million development at Cefn Croes, Ceredigion, Mid Wales, will have 39 three-bladed turbines generating 58.8 megawatts of electricity. Up to 60 jobs will be created during construction starting this summer. Electricity will flow from next year and last until 2030.
The plans for the 100metre-high turbines brought strong opposition and demands for a public inquiry.
But Energy Minister Brian Wilson said he had decided to grant approval after "thorough consideration" of representations. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales said 1,300 individuals had objected.
The campaign accused the Government of "riding roughshod" over planning principles by not holding a public inquiry.
ScottishPower has put forward plans for a pounds 70million windfarm with 67 turbines on the site of a former open-cast mine. …