EVERYONE has a role to play in ending reliance on fossil fuels, the First Minister has said.

Mark Drakeford visited the Offshore Wind Operations and Maintenance base at Port of Mostyn on April 12 and was given a bird's eye tour.

Innogy’s Gwynt y Môr wind farm generates enough renewable energy to meet the equivalent needs of approximately 400,000 Welsh homes every year.

The Leader:

Following the visit, the First Minister and leader of the Welsh Labour Party said: "Wales was at the forefront of the first industrial revolution and by harnessing the power of our natural resources, such as offshore wind, we have the potential to be at the forefront of the renewable revolution.

"The Welsh Government has published its first Low Carbon Delivery Plan, which sets out an ambitious blueprint for now and the future as we combat the challenge of climate change.

"We all have a role to play as we make the change to a low carbon society and end our reliance on fossil fuels.

The Leader:

"It was a privilege to have such a close-up look at Gwynt y Môr in operation."

Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm employs more than 100 people and improves or develops local businesses and communities through its ongoing contracts with local firms and its £19 million community investment fund.

Chris Griffiths Head of Offshore Operations & Maintenance at innogy added: "It was a great opportunity to showcase Gwynt y Môr and the positive impact that it is having locally to the First Minister.

"In addition to generating green energy, the project has created skilled jobs and inward investment for Wales. During construction, contracts worth up to £90 million were awarded to businesses in Wales and now, almost half of our ongoing operations and maintenance spend stays here in North Wales."

Innogy is the largest generator of renewable energy in Wales. In addition to its existing portfolio, innogy is constructing two new onshore wind farms with a total capital investment of £170 million and new community investment of £1million per year, for the next 25 years.

There are four offices in Wales which employ around 140 permanent employees in the country.