Mynydd Gorddu Wind Farm can be found in the county of Ceredigion, approximately 3km south east of the village of Tal-y-bont which itself is midway between the towns of Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.
Historically, Tal-y-bont has close associations with lead and silver mining and with the woollen mills that once dominated the local economy.
Work on the construction of the wind farm began in the winter of 1997 and it was completed in the spring of 1998. The turbines were installed by NEGM Energy A/S overseen by RWE npower renewables (NWP). The site was operated under a warranty operation and maintenance agreement until August 2012 before switching to Npower Renewables’ in-house technical department.
Mynydd Gorddu Wind Farm has one of the most consistent outputs in the country. Its 19 turbines are of two different types, rated at 550kW and 600kW respectively. They have the capacity to generate 10.8 megawatts of power – enough to supply 6,318 homes* with electricity.
Benefiting local communities
Mynydd Gorddu Wind Farm’s community benefit fund has helped a wide variety of local groups and organisations. Recent projects have included the provision of an equipment store for Tal-y-bont District Youth Football Club, replacing windows at Rhydepennau School to save on heating costs and redecorating the village hall at Penryn-coch.
- Installed capacity: 10.8MW
- Number of turbines: 19
- Turbine type: Neg Micon
- Hub height: 35m
- Blade length: 19m
- Expected P50 energy yield: 26GWh
- Annual house-hold power equivalent: 6,318 homes*