Barely a week goes by without a controversy over wind power applications somewhere in the county but the owner of a renewable energy firm in north Pembrokeshire is keen to put a positive spin on turbines.

Jon Watson-Miller, who lives in Mathry, owns renewable energy company Ynni, which has applied for planning to erect two 79-metre turbines at land near Penybanc, Mathry.

Mr Watson-Miller said each turbine could produce enough energy to power 1,200 homes, and will provide a sustainable source of income by selling surplus energy back to the gird.

Concerns over noise, visual impact and the effect on tourism have been raised by local opponents, but Mr Watson-Miller believes there are many myths surrounding turbines and wind power.

"There is no proof they have a negative effect on tourism," he said. He added that all turbines have to pass stringent noise tests and that, once up an running, local authorities can turn off any turbine that exceeds these levels.

According to Mr Watson-Miller, west Wales has the potential to produce a high yield of renewable energy, which at present is not being utilised.

Mr Watson-Miller has set up a Facebook group to generate support for the Penybanc applications and highlight the benefits of wind energy. He said he has received a lot of support, particularly from local farmers and younger generations.

He accepts that not everyone is a fan of wind turbines, but said: "It seems to be mainly retired people who don't want anything to change."

He also said that terms like 'wind farm' were miselading in the case of small or medium sized applications, as they implied high density construction.

The Penybanc turbine applications are currently being considered by Pembrokeshire County Council.