50-metre turbine proposed for docks
A NEW wind turbine — half the size of Swansea's Meridian Tower — is being proposed for the city docks.
Onshore wind developers Infinergy want to install the 50-metre turbine, with a blade length of up to 27 metres, at Swansea's Queen's Dock.
The turbine would be a maximum height of 77 metres — larger than the 43-metre turbine already based in the docks area.
Developers say the large turbine would generate 500 kilowatts (kW) of power — enough to power up to 320 homes.
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Infinergy's project manager Jane Ross said people would be given the chance to speak to them directly.
She said: "In the transition to become a low carbon economy, Wales has been at the forefront of wind energy deployment. "The Welsh Assembly Government encourages wind development in industrial areas and we think the outer seawall of the Port may provide a good location for a single wind turbine."
Mrs Ross added: "The plan is looking really positive.
"The proposed location is well away from residential properties with optimal exposure to sea winds."
Around 750 letters were sent out to homeowners living in the SA1 area as part of the consultation over the scheme.
The developers are expecting to submit a planning application to Swansea Council's planning department next month.
Welsh Water previously applied to Swansea Council to site a larger 104- metre turbine off Swansea's Fabian Way but council planning officers turned down the scheme.
It led the utilities company to examine the reasons as to why the local authority chose to reject the application.
Welsh Water said the application was made after three years of detailed feasibility studies and consultation.
People will be able to meet the Infinergy team about the scheme for a new turbine at The J Shed, in Swansea's SA1 area on Tuesday from 11am until 6pm.