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In development | Onshore Wind Farm

Alwen Forest Wind Farm and Grid Connection

Project History

RWE was successful in the Alwen tender in 2017 – an exercise run by Natural Resources Wales and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water for an option to develop a renewable energy project in the Alwen Forest in North Wales.

RWE is working with Community Energy Wales to develop a shared ownership scheme for this project which is located in both Conwy County Borough Council and Denbighshire County Council, adjacent to Llyn Brenig and the Alwen Reservoir, within a working forestry managed by Natural Resources Wales on land owned by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

The proposal is for an up to nine turbine wind farm with a maximum tip height of up to 200m, a grid connection and a battery energy storage system. Depending on the final turbine selected, the potential electricity generated would be the equivalent to the needs of up to 63,500** UK homes.

Since launching its proposals, RWE has worked closely with the community and undertaken extensive consultation. This included an informal consultation in January 2020. We’ve also carried out extensive assessments and surveys at the site, held discussions with interested parties, conducted an informal public consultation and gathered a huge amount of valuable information.

Status: In development

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Facts & figures

Up to 00 MW

Installed capacity

Up to 00

wind turbines

00 m

Maximum height to blade tip

Pre-application Consultation

We conducted the statutory formal Pre-application Consultation on our plans for Alwen Forest Wind Farm and Grid Connection from 13 December 2023 to 7 February 2024.

During the consultation we held two public drop-in exhibitions where members of the public were able to view the planning documents, speak to the team and provide feedback.

The team are reviewing all of the feedback received during the consultation and will submit the planning application in the coming months.

Although the consultation is closed, all of the planning documents which we consulted on are still available to view


Virtual Exhibition

Visit our virtual exhibition to view information about the project, watch the project manager’s video, and view maps and photomontages.


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* The picture on top is an example of Bowbeat Onshore Wind Farm

** Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to longer term historical weather data using meteorological models seeded with data obtained from satellite, surface based and airborne measurement systems. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of 60 MW.  The equivalent homes supplied figure is based on an annual mean domestic electricity consumption of 3,472 kWh per household in Wales from the latest statistics from Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Subnational Electricity Consumption, Great Britain, 2005-2021, annual mean domestic electricity consumption (kWh per household) for Wales, 2021 (https://bit.ly/3QRaYHv) Regional and local authority electricity consumption statistics (www.gov.uk). Figures are rounded.

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Josh Morris

Stakeholder & Communications Officer

Welsh Projects

Alwen Forest Wind Farm

Project team