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Cefn Cribwr Farm Case Study

26 April 2013

Since the turbine was commissioned last November, it has produced an average of 1,225 kWh (kilowatt hours) each month, and the return on investment for this installation is now expected to exceed the forecast nine-year payback at current production rates.

CMB Renewables is based in Neath Abbey and handled all aspects of the installation from initial design and planning application through to installation, commissioning and annual maintenance of the Kingspan 6 kw (kilowatts) wind turbine.

The unit was registered with the DNO and MCS accredited for a feed-in tariff under the UK Government scheme by CMB Renewables.

Mike McDonald, managing director of CMB Renewables, said: "Small scale wind turbines can make a significant impact in helping Wales achieve its renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.

"The natural topography of Wales and higher than average wind speeds make small scale wind turbines an ideal solution for local power generation in rural areas."

CMB Renewables is a partner installer for Kingspan Wind and is also an MCS accredited designer and installer for hydro turbines, solar thermal, solar pv, micro CHP, and ground and air source heat pumps. It also offers design and installation for rainwater harvesting, air conditioning and underfloor heating.

Farmer Tim Thomas of Cefn Cribwr Farm said: "I am extremely pleased with the wind turbine installation and the help and assistance I experienced from John Williams, senior project manager at CMB Renewables. The output of the turbine has exceeded my expectations and it has proved an excellent investment."