During construction, Pen y Cymoedd supported 600 jobs and 12 apprenticeships in Wales. There are now 23 long-term, high-value technical jobs on site with 2 apprentices employed full-time
Of the £400 million investment to build Pen y Cymoedd, over half was spent within Wales, with over 60 Welsh businesses benefiting from contracts
Pen y Cymoedd will be home to the largest peatland restoration project in South Wales, funded by Vattenfall, with a focus on restoring upland habitats - from peat bogs to heathland, grassland, and more native woodland.
There is a 22MW battery at Pen y Cymoedd which provides balancing services to the National Grid when needed.
I was in the Royal Navy for seven years as a marine engineer. After leaving I went to a jobs fair, and then joined the wind industry. Today, instead of working away for weeks and often months on end, I now work locally from our Pen y Cymoedd site. It’s nice to have a home life. I’m part of a great team. The work is challenging, physical, and the weather conditions can also be testing - you can have all the seasons in a day at sites like Pen y Cymoedd. The turbines are monitored constantly, to pick up any faults, and there is also a planned service campaign on the turbines every year – to keep them in good condition. My job is to oversee this work across some of our sites, and make sure the turbines are working well. When a fault that’s meant a turbine has been down for a period is fixed and you see it turning again it is satisfying.
Andrew Claridge, Service Leader, Vattenfall Onshore
Vattenfall is a leading European energy company with approximately 20,000 employees. They entered the UK market in 2008 and have invested more than £3.5bn. They now have 6 operational onshore wind farms in the UK, with a further 7 planned projects.