The Welsh Government's ambition is to 'create a sustainable, low carbon economy for Wales'.
Wales has significant energy resources and has great potential for onshore wind projects.
The Welsh Government is responsible for planning consents for renewable projects of 49MW and below onshore. The Westminster Government is responsible for climate change and energy policy and planning consents for projects above 50MW onshore and 1MW offshore.
The Welsh Government has indicated that it has the potential to produce twice the amount of electricity it currently uses from renewable sources by 2025, and deliver 4 GW of this from marine energy.
The renewable sector has the potential to create significant long-term economic benefits for Wales. It already supports around 13,000 jobs in Wales. Vattenfall's Pen y Cymoedd project is just one project that is playing a key role in driving economic development and growth.
Welsh communities will also benefit from the opportunities created by growth in the renewables sector. Pen y Cymoedd's community benefit fund is worth £1.8m a year for 20 years and this investment will bring long-term benefit to the local area and help secure the long term viability of the community.
Wales is home to many areas of natural beauty and renewables must be developed in harmony with the natural environment. Vattenfall will develop a £3million, 1500 hectare Habitat Management Plan after the construction of Pen y Cymoedd is complete – it will be the largest habitat restoration project in South Wales. This will help make the site more accessible to the public and create more habitat for people to enjoy.