Local information days for Elwy Solar Energy Farm postponed

Solarcentury has decided this morning to postpone its Local Information Days at Bodelwyddan Community Centre and at St. Asaph Cricket Club this week due to concerns regarding Coronavirus.

The information sessions were organised by Solarcentury to share plans about their proposed solar energy farm near St. Asaph – Elwy Solar Energy Farm.

Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager at Solarcentury said:

“Solarcentury has taken this difficult decision in light of the changing situation with Coronavirus. Bringing lots of people together in one place in the current climate does not seem a sensible thing to do when we can make information available by other means. Therefore we are taking the precautionary approach of cancelling these Information Sessions believing this to be the responsible course of action.  We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but hope that everyone will understand”.

The Local Information Sessions were due to take place on Wednesday 11th March at Bodelwyddan Community Centre from 4.00-8.00pm and Thursday 12th March at St. Asaph Cricket Club from 9.00am until midday. They will now be postponed until further notice.

However residents and businesses will still be able to view the information that was going to be presented at the project website here. Any questions people have can be sent via email to elwysolar@solarcentury.com or people can call us on 0207 549 1299 to speak to a member of the project team.

Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager at Solarcentury said:

“Please be reassured that we want the local community to be involved in the process leading up to any planning application being submitted and we welcome feedback and views. We look forward to sharing our plans in person with the community at a later stage. In the meantime our project website can be used as an information source, where there is also an online feedback form and our contact details”.

 

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Notes to Editors:

Solarcentury, one of the UK’s leading solar power companies, is evaluating land to the north east of St. Asaph for the development of a new solar energy farm – Elwy Solar Energy Farm.

The land identified is north of the A55 North Wales Expressway and west of the A525 and has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver high levels of solar-powered electricity to the grid. With a solar project of up to 62MWp proposed, the site would generate approximately 60 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power over 20,000 homes, via an array of solar panels mounted on the ground. Solarcentury is also proposing to install batteries at the site in order to store the electricity generated for use during the day and the night.

Solarcentury believes that solar energy farms like Elwy, are the clean, green key to fighting climate chaos. Generating electricity from solar reduces dependence on fossil fuels, gives us a simple low risk source of home grown energy with predictable annual performance, and allows large amounts of clean energy to be delivered to the national grid.

There are local benefits too. Subject to planning approval, Elwy Solar has the potential to create local jobs and numerous supply contracts during the construction, operation and maintenance phase of the build, and contribute business rates to the local council. In addition the variety of dry and wet and shaded and sunny areas on a solar energy farm, once properly planted and managed, can support a wide variety of wildlife, including birds, bats and bumblebees; making this a great opportunity for wildlife locally.

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.