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VIP praise for Mold eco firm West Coast Energy

WIND energy developer West Coast Energy played host to a VIP at its Mold headquarters.

The president of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Richard Summers, visited the Mynydd Awel onshore wind developer’s offices – dubbed the most sustainable commercial building in Wales – en route to the RTPI Cymru spring conference in Llandudno.

West Coast Energy moved into the £2m eco office in summer 2009. The firm recently submitted plans to Flintshire County Council for an on-site wind turbine.

Mr Summers said: “This new building demonstrates West Coast Energy’s commitment to the environment and to reducing their carbon footprint

“It is an excellent example of sustainable construction and is a beacon for others to follow.”

West Coast Energy’s planning and development manager Jonathan Cawley was one of the keynote speakers at the conference on Thursday, last week, and talked about the role of planning in supporting green jobs and the decisions businesses can take to harness the green economy for their own benefit.

He said: “Wind power’s contribution to the Welsh economy is significant and will continue to help push the country’s economic revival through the creation of a highly skilled workforce, as well as being the main driver for achieving Wales’ renewable energy targets.”

West Coast director Stephen Salt said: “We are very grateful to the RTPI president for visiting our Mold headquarters and are obviously extremely pleased he was impressed with what he saw.

“With onshore wind farm development being part of our core business we believed it was important we made a public commitment to invest in developing a low carbon office building to reflect our core environmental values.

“We sincerely hope this becomes a flagship building in Flintshire and the wider region.”