PLANS for two wind turbines in Undy will generate electricity for up to 1,600 homes according to the company behind the proposal.

RES welcomed Monmouthshire council's decision to conditionally approve planning permission for the company to build and operate the two wind turbines at the site at Great House Farm.

The two turbines will have an installed capacity of between 1.5 and 3 megawatts (MW) and will be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average needs of between 800 and1600 homes.

RES project manager, Phil Grant said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has seized this opportunity to demonstrate Monmouthshire’s commitment to cost effective, secure and clean renewable energy.

"We received very positive feedback from the public exhibitions we held in October 2012, with over two thirds of respondents to the Great House Farm proposal registering themselves as neutral or in favour of using wind energy to generate renewable electricity.

"In addition, the two community councils which host the site have also expressed support for the project. Monmouthshire council has clearly listened to local people in reaching its decision to approve the planning application.

“We look forward to working with the local community and their elected representatives to ensure that the environmental, economic and social benefits that this renewable energy project can bring to the area are fully realised.”

The Free Press reported how the council's planning committee conditionally approved the plan including passing it on the basis that construction starts within five years of the permission being granted.

RES will continue to keep the community informed about the construction timetable for the Great House Farm Wind Project and the Community Benefit Fund it will provide to support local projects.