£100m BT deal for Mynydd Bwllfa wind farm energy

Wind turbine

BT has announced a £100m deal to buy 50% of the energy it will use in Wales over 15 years from a wind farm being built in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The telecommunications firm will buy all of the electricity generated by Mynydd Bwllfa, near Hirwaun, from 2015.

It said it was a huge vote of confidence in Welsh renewable energy.

Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies applauded BT for "showing such leadership in sourcing its electricity from renewable and low carbon sources".

Reduced carbon emissions

BT is a major consumer of electricity, using around 110 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year in Wales.

Ann Beynon, BT Wales director, said: "It's fantastic that around half of our Welsh infrastructure and estate will be matched with energy from renewable sources in Wales.

"BT is one of the UK's biggest consumers of electricity, and demand for our digital services, including fibre broadband, means we have to keep innovating to meet our needs in an environmentally responsible way."

She added: "As well as providing BT with long-term price certainty, this deal underpins the creation of a new wind farm for south Wales and that supports long-term jobs and benefits for the local economy."

She also said the company reduced carbon emissions from its own operations by 25.5% globally during 2013/14.

Minister Alun Davies added: "BT's commitment will help secure long-term jobs and continued energy generation at the Mynydd Bwllfa site and is the sort of action I am keen to encourage to help Wales achieve its green growth ambitions."

The 15-year deal with the nine-turbine wind farm, which is currently being built, is being done under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) similar to contracts already in place in Lancashire and Scotland.

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