Director backs investment in Welsh renewables31st May 2013

A Jones Bros board member has lent her opinions to a panel investigating the future of renewable energy in North Wales.

Commercial manager Ruth Jones was recently invited to join a forum that discussed the potential value of green energy production to the region.

The panel, made up of leading figures with an interest in green energy, heard that on-shore wind alone could create around 2,000 jobs a year up to 2050, with a potential investment of more than £15bn in the Anglesey area alone.

Organised by RWE npower renewables, the forum also urged the Welsh Government to act fast and steal a march on other countries competing for renewable contracts by streamlining planning procedures and highlighting the economic benefits at stake.

Ruth said: “It’s important that Welsh companies get involved higher up the supply chain within the centre.renewables sector in Wales.

“As well as developing the infrastructure and facilities within this country, Welsh companies also have an opportunity to develop skills that can be exported across the globe.

“At the moment we are breaking into markets outside of Wales, which is good, but Wales is maybe a few steps behind in its development of on-shore wind now than in Scotland.

“I think it’s great that RWE npower hosted the panel – it’s a conversation Welsh businesses need to have.”

Jones Bros has established a reputation for excellence in the renewables industry, having successfully completed a number of challenging green energy developments, including the 60 turbine Crystal Rig development in Scotland, the UK’s second largest windfarm.

The company has completed a diverse range of projects within the energy sector, from constructing all aspects of the balance of plant on windfarm projects to building a state-of-the-art eco visitor centre at Aberthaw power station.

For more information on renewable energy in Wales, visit www.ynnicymru.org.uk.