NATIONAL Grid has announced Cefn Coch as its preferred option to build a 20-acre substation.
National Grid announced this morning (July 31) the route corridor and substation site needed to connect proposed new windfarms in Mid Wales to the high voltage electricity network in Shropshire.
Cefn Coch has been identified as the preferred area for the substation and the 'red north' route via Llansanffraid to Lower Frankton in Shropshire as the preferred route corridor.
National Grid say they have listened to local views.
A spokesman said: "National Grid has consulted extensively with local people and specialist bodies, and has weighed up issues such as landscape, flooding, heritage, ecology, tourism and transport. The selection also takes into account the proposed connections from the windfarms to the new substation by ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) and SSE Renewables (SSE).
"It has not yet been decided how the connection will be constructed but, based on work so far, it is likely that a combination of both overhead lines and underground cables will be used."
They say they will carry out more work to identify the most appropriate technology for different parts of the route.
Jeremy Lee, lead project manager for National Grid added: “We’ve been very keen to listen to the feedback from local people, and for it to help shape our plans together with the further work we've carried out following our consultation.
"We believe the substation site and route corridor we've chosen will allow us to balance all the things we have to consider.
“We are at an early stage of this project and still have many decisions to make. We will carry on listening to local views and these will play an important role as our plans progress.
"We understand people have concerns about overhead lines, but where they are used, we will work hard to reduce any visual effects by routing the line carefully and using appropriate pylon designs which could include the new T-pylon.”