Green Carmarthenshire: Renewables in Wales

Wales is a country committed to renewable energies.

Wales is a country renowned for its natural beauty, friendly characters and rich heritage. In recent years, however, it’s been building a new reputation as a country that not only revels in the past but also cares for the future.

In the last few years, with the support of the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh people have made a push on producing more Renewable Energy. Using a variety of methods and techniques, Wales is hoping to secure its future as a country that cares for the planet. They have the statistics to back it up too. Year on year, Wales has managed to increase the proportion of renewable energy – reaching a high of 7.9%.

How does a country of just over 3 million people make such a breathtaking turnaround on the environment? By investing time and money into large-scale renewable energy production facilities like these…

Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm

Wind Farms are contentious by their nature. Whenever a new installation is announced, there is always bound to be some kind of brouhaha that postpones the project. Whether its angry locals or grumpy conservationists, the voice of reason usually prevails as it did in this example of offshore energy production.

On a clear day you can see the turbines spinning from the picturesque town of Llandudno, supplying enough energy for 60,000 homes.

Centre for Alternative Technology

An education and visitor centre in one, this makes for a great day out in addition to an excellent opportunity to learn about how you could implement renewable energies in your own homes. 7 acres of interactive displays feature the largest range of renewable systems in the world.

Everything from solar power to wind turbines, there’s even a hydro power station there you can look at. Open 7 days a week, the staff are all passionate about their work and even run an eco-shop and vegetarian cafe.

Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone

13 kilometres off the coast of South Pembrokeshire coast lies a 90 square kilometre area of seabed that lays the foundation for Wales’ future in renewable energies. Ran by Marine Energy Wales and funded by the Welsh Government, a group of dedicated individuals spend their time developing new ideas and implementations of wind-based power.

Over 100 million euros of EU funding has been prioritised for marine energy projects in Wales. Britain’s leaving of the European Union shouldn’t affect Marine Energy Wales too much, as they also receive large amounts of funding from within the UK too.

Willow for Wales Project

Wales now has a reputation for experimental environmental projects – Willow for Wales is a typical example of these. Funded by Aberystwyth University, by way of the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Assembly, the aim of the experiment was to demonstrate the effectiveness of short rotation coppice willow as a biomass crop.

The project was completed in 2008, with positive results that have gone on to greatly change the biomass industry in Wales. It’s now easier than ever to buy wood fuel pellets and heat your home with renewable energy!