Plans to build Wales largest solar farm in Anglesey was just approved this past week giving them the green light!
County councillors in Anglesey agreed that countryside renewables plan for the 49.9w, 200,000 panel scheme covering 220 acres of farmland near Cemaes can be built. This came as a shock to some, as the plan was initially rejected despite council officers recommending conditional approval.
The reason being that local members were unconvinced of the benefits of solar and were worried about the loss of valuable farmland as currently the application site covers around 90,000 square meters and is used as grazing land. As well as this they were also worried about the impact on tourism and the glare given out from the panels, however, despite this, the application was approved by a margin of votes.
Once developed the 49.9w development would have a lifespan of 30 years, with the solar panels being capable of powering more than 14,000 pure electric cars a year or 15,500 average UK homes – half the homes on the island. This would be a huge saving cost to the people of Anglesey and not only that but the solar farm would also bring over 612,000 tonnes of CO2 savings, the equivalent of taking nearly 14,000 cars off the road!
Not only this but local businesses and Ysgol Sir Thomas Jones Amlwch Secondary School and Ysgol Gynradd Cemaes Primary School will also benefit from a shared £300,000 package over the schemes lifetime. John Dunlop, managing partner at Countryside Renewables has said of the project “The installation will be the first in Wales of a new generation of cutting-edge solar photovoltaic projects that includes an option for energy storage”
The size of the project allows it to make a meaningful contribution to the welsh governments target for Wales to generate 70% of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030. The farm has been carefully designed to have minimal environmental and visual impacts on the surrounding landscape and meets the goals of the Welsh Governments Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.
Work is now aiming to advance towards construction within six months and this will grow towards fulfilling Anglesey’s extraordinary potential for generating power from a diverse range of clean energy technologies.