Elwy solar energy farm: formal consultation starting

3 August 2020: Today marks the start of the formal consultation process for Elwy solar energy farm, near St Asaph, North Wales.

The consultation will run from early August until Friday 9th October 2020 allowing the communities of St Asaph and Bodelwyddan plenty of time to have their say on the proposals before the Development of National Significance (DNS) application is submitted later this year.

Many people will remember that Solarcentury started communications about Elwy solar energy farm back in February this year when the project website went live and leaflets and letters were sent to members of the community. Some may also remember that two local information days were postponed due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and that for a short time the project was put on hold.

Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager for Solarcentury said, “The Coronavirus situation has made us rethink how we present information and engage with local communities and other stakeholders in the pre-application consultation stage. We can’t do this face to face at the moment so we have been working hard on producing meaningful ways to share the details about this project and to seek feedback and views”.

“I am delighted to announce the start of the formal consultation stage and to introduce our project website and online community hall as our two main information hubs. The detailed planning documents can be found at the project website www.solarcentury.com/elwy and information boards, videos, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in our online community hall. It’s very easy to use. Just listen to the welcome video and then click through the room, reading the information in your own time”.

The purpose of the pre-application consultation is to seek community feedback. Solarcentury is asking that people visit the website and the online community hall to have their say.

Chris Banks added, “We welcome feedback and views. Please take the time to fill in the online feedback form or email, write or call Solarcentury as detailed below. Join one of our live chat sessions in September 2020 – look out for updates on the project website for when these will happen and if you are a local supplier or contractor who would like to register their interest in supporting the project longer term, send your details in via the online survey on the website”.

The contact details for giving feedback are as follows:

  •  Fill in the online feedback form on the website www.solarcentury.com/elwy
  • Email us: elwysolar@solarcentury.com
  • Call us: 0207 549 1299
  • Write to us: Elwy Solar, Solarcentury, 90 Union Street, London, SE1 0NW
  • Join one of our live chat sessions in September 2020. Look out for updates on our project website for when these will happen.
  • And if you are a local supplier or contractor who would like to register their interest in supporting the project longer term, send us your details via our online survey on the website.

For questions about this press release contact Nicola Perkin on 07795 637285.

Notes to editors

Solarcentury’s press office is available at PR@solarcentury.com.

About Solarcentury:

Established in 1998, Solarcentury is a leading global solar power company that develops, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale solar and smart technology across Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Independent and headquartered in the UK, Solarcentury is known internationally for developing and building some of the largest utility-scale solar projects in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Kenya and Mexico, including pioneering projects such as the world’s first solar bridge at Blackfriars Station in Central London.

Solarcentury’s mission is to make a meaningful difference in the global fight against climate chaos by making solar power the dominant energy source worldwide. During Solarcentury’s 22-year history the business has helped solar power become mainstream, and our projects have generated 6 billion kWh of clean electricity, saving over 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.