Elwy Solar Energy Farm

Introduction to Elwy Solar Energy Farm

Since the start of the year we’ve been evaluating land to the north east of St Asaph for the development of a solar energy farm. The site is north of the A55 North Wales Expressway and west of the A525.

This site has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar-powered electricity to the grid. With a solar project of 62 MWp proposed, the 117 hectare site would generate nearly 60 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power over 20,000 homes, via an array of solar panels mounted on the ground. We plan to install batteries at the site so that solar power can be stored and used at any time whenever it’s needed; day or night.

In February this year we wrote to people living near to the proposal asking for initial feedback and views. Thank you for your responses which helped shape our plans. In August we’ll start the formal pre-planning application consultation stage and will contact the community again to share more detailed plans before we submit the planning application later this year.

For any further feedback please use the ‘Have your say’ section below.

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100% renewable Wales

Wales is committed to an energy target of net zero by 2050, which can only be achieved by increasing the amount of renewable electricity generation; though currently Wales provides less than 3% of its electricity energy from solar. Solarcentury is sure that we can, and must, meet this target much sooner.

The Elwy solar energy farm could be another step in the energy transition, preventing 560,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for over 20,000 homes. When the decision is nuclear or a fossil fuel power plant vs more solar, the choice is obvious.

It can offer other benefits too – community grants, business rates, the potential of local supply contracts up to £400,000, and an opportunity to enhance local biodiversity, with long term habitat management being a big part of our plans.

Read more about the benefits of solar energy farms here.

Location

Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act.

This proposal is located outside the town of St. Asaph, in the county of Denbighshire on farm land to the north of the A55 North Wales Expressway. Surrounding it are fields, private properties and farmsteads and the A525 main road. This image shows the approximate location.

This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land type and levels of solar energy. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced. A multitude of surveys have or are being carried out, such as ecology, landscape and flood risk among others  to confirm that the land would be suitable for solar energy farm use.

About Solarcentury

Operating for over twenty years, we’re one of the world’s most respected and longstanding solar companies, with 1.3 GWp of projects deployed across Europe, Latin America and Africa.

We exist to make solar power mainstream and change the world of energy: environmentally, socially and economically.

We must be well on the path to zero carbon by 2030 to avoid climate chaos. Solarcentury’s call is to political leaders and businesses, landlords, developers and communities to make the switch to solar.

Securing our future energy supply, maintaining and improving global living standards and ensuring a healthy environment is our legacy to future generations. Read more about Solarcentury’s position on climate chaos here.

At Elwy Solar, Solarcentury will manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to financing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm.

We will engage with the St. Asaph and Bodelwyddan communities in advance of submitting any planning application, and we welcome community suggestions and views.

Key figures and planned schedule

Early public engagement
February - May 2020
Formal pre-application consultation
August to October 2020
Planning application preparation
October 2020
Planning application submission
November 2020
Proposed construction
2022
Proposed completion
2022

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Have your say

We encourage your feedback as early in the planning stage as possible to ensure we have considered all points of view. There are a number of ways you can contact us if you’d like to give feedback on the plans seen in the Planning documents area:

If you are a local supplier or installer of equipment that the project may need, please register your details using the survey here.

*At Solarcentury we’re committed to respecting your privacy and to complying with UK data protection and privacy laws. Our privacy policy here explains how we collect, use, share and protect personal information. Before completing the Survey Monkey questionnaire, please ensure you’ve read, understood and accept the privacy policy.

Chris Banks

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elwysolar@solarcentury.com

Journalist enquiries: +44 (0)20 3128 8788

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