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Delivering local benefit from renewable energy projects

Event organised by ICE

17 November 2022

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Menter Môn is a social enterprise established in 1995 to deliver solutions to the challenges faced by rural areas.  A key priority has been to add value to indigenous resources and deliver benefit for local communities.  Projects have included developing the coastal path, adding value to heritage assets, recognising the value of the Welsh language and supporting new food products such as Halen Môn.

In 2012 the Crown Estate designated part of the seabed off Holyhead as a Tidal Energy Demonstration Zone and invited companies to bid for a 45-year lease.  Although Menter Môn had no track record of delivering energy projects, they were eager to ensure that the local area benefit from the development.  Having secured the lease, the company has spent the last 10 years developing the Morlais project and have secured £50 million for the work.

Having gained experience and developed a reputation in renewable energy, Menter Môn have now embarked on the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub project and are also exploring local ownership of solar parks.

The presentation will tell the story of the last 10 years, and why a company that started off saving the Red Squirrel is now delivering ambitous energy projects.


Dafydd Gruffydd

Dafydd Gruffydd

Mentor Mon

rheolwr gyfarwyddwr, managing director

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Dafydd Gruffydd

Dafydd started with Menter Môn in 1997 as a Language Officer with the Menter Iaith (Language Initiative). In his time with the company he has been involved with projects as diverse as food product development, SMART technology, makerspaces, business support, tourism, vertical farming, and renewable energy.

Dafydd primary interest is driving innovation in rural areas and joining the dots between projects and people. Menter Môn’s success has been the ability to operate in the space between the private and public sectors and often delivering practical solutions on Government policy.

Dafydd became the Managing Director of Menter Môn in 2017, a company that now employs 75 people with projects being delivered across Wales. He lives near Caernarfon with his wife, Melangell, and their three daughters.

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Eleanor Kelman