Wind farms in Wales

  • Key involvement in developing Welsh energy policy for onshore wind.
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and other specialist support for wind farm site developers across Wales.
  • The Welsh Assembly Government has set a target of 800MW of onshore wind energy in Wales by 2010.


Arup is a key partner in the implementation of the Welsh Assembly’s Technical Advice Note eight (TAN 8), which the firm helped to develop in 2006. The project has helped the firm to become a leading expert in the planning of onshore wind energy generation.

TAN 8 promotes the concentration of onshore wind developments into defined Strategic Search Areas (SSAs). Seven SSAs have been identified within Wales, taking account of resource, population, vegetation, ecology, archaeology and a range of other factors.

Arup has also been heavily involved in Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of wind farm schemes throughout the Strategic Search Areas.

The implementation of TAN8 and the accompanying Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statement (MIPPS) will help the Welsh Assembly Government meet their target of generating 800MW of onshore wind energy by 2010.

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  • Ffynnon Oer Wind Farm. Credit Andrew Hazard Photography & Design

    Arup has worked on Environmental Impact Assessments for wind farm schemes throughout Wales.

  • Ffynnon Oer Wind Farm. Credit Andrew Hazard Photography & Design

    The farms will help the Welsh Assembly Government to deliver 800MW of onshore wind energy by 2010.