|"A wind farm of mass destruction", pic - VisitWalesNow|
Llewelyn Rhys, boss of the Taff Department over at Renewables UK was steadfast in his avoidance although he did offer a teaser so that anyone with a basic grasp of maths could make a guess. But this is Radio Wales we're talking about so instead of doing the sums himself the presenter just shouted "ballpark figure", even more awkward.
So let's do the maths that Radio Wales couldn't do. Llewelyn told us that the Welsh Government has set a target of achieving 2000MW from onshore wind by 2025. When refusing to answer how many turbines that equates to, Llewelyn gave us this little tidbit.
That's quite a simplistic formula, a typical industrial turbine generates between two to 2.5MW but turbines generate a range of different outputs...
So here's where anyone with basic maths would be able to work out that 2000 divided by two equals 1000. By using Renewable UKs own figures they are trying to convince us to build up to 1000 turbines across Wales. I say "up to" because Llewelyn did say "two to 2.5".
But, let's not trust Llewelyn just yet. He is representing the wind farm robber barons after all. So using the data from here and here I've compiled this little table which shows "turbines that generate a range of outputs".
To me that's a big difference, 200-250 turbines worth of a difference. That's alot of extra wind farms that we don't want and don't need.
So Mr Rhys, please tell us why we should believe your claims about the financial benefit to Wales when you are not capable of being honest with something as simple as the amount of windfarms they want to dump on us?
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