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Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Wind farm promises community bonanza
Wind farm
The scheme will give half of its profits back to the area
Bosses of a proposed wind farm in the Rhondda have said half of its profits will go to provide free services for the local community.

Organisers of Power Factory, say that 50% of the money generated by the planned eight turbines, between the Rhondda Fach and Rhondda Fawr, will be directed back into the area.


Half of the profits are being ploughed back

Elwyn James, Arts Factory

Although the majority of wind farms in Wales already plough some funds back into the surrounding communities - none put as much as half the profits.

The money will be used to employ people to deliver more free services, such as parent and toddler groups, advice surgeries, a cinema and free classes.

The venture is between United Utilities Green Energy and Arts Factory, and the proposals for the project will be on display in Ferndale for two days from Thursday.

Elwyn James, from Arts Factory, said: "We believe that this project will not only provide a clean alternative to conventional power generation methods, but will also create a reliable source of funding for community activities in the coming years.

"We are putting an application in for planning permission in the next few months.

"We have got about 4000 signatures on a petition supporting us.

Wind turbine
The plans are for eight turbines

"What makes this project different is that half of the profits are being ploughed back into the community - that's what makes it unique," he said.

The companies behind the project believe that the scheme will contribute the Welsh Assembly's targets for renewable energy generation and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris Gould, project manager for United Utilities, said: "This is a flagship project for south Wales.

"It represents a major investment in the local energy infrastructure.

"We pride ourselves on environmentally sensitive project development and want to keep local people fully informed.

"Anyone who is interested in the scheme is welcome to come along and discuss it with us," he added.

The plans will be on show at Trerhondda Chapel, The Strand, in Ferndale from 1000 BST to 1800 BST on Thursday and Friday.


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