The Welsh economy could greatly benefit from onshore wind farms in years to come, according to a study reported by Regeneris Consulting and Cardiff Business School. An average of 2,000 jobs a year could be created until 2050 and more than $3.1 billion could be generated for the Welsh economy if full advantage of the country's wind energy potential is taken.
Researchers based their findings off of how much much money spent on the country's wind farms has stayed in Wales. They also cautioned the government that if it delays in issuing approvals and permits for future wind farms, this number will be reduced.
The BBC said the report claimed the majority of economic benefit would be seen in construction and manufacturing.
“The report looks into the economic opportunities and the employment opportunities of Wales and there's very positive figures in relation to that,” said Llywelyn Rhys, deputy director of Renewable UK Cymru.
Spain wind power reaches all-time high
Wind power in Wales has the potential to be as beneficial as it has been to Spain. According to Bloomberg, Spain announced their wind-power output exceeded 6 terawatt-hours for the first time this month.
“The last time any technology exceeded 6 terawatt-hours of monthly generation was in 2010, when it was combined-cycle gas turbines,” said the Spanish Wind Energy Association, a wind lobbying group.