Is this an eco friendly way of lighting up Wales?
According to developers, plans for a £15 million solar park to be located on a farm in Gwynedd are highly likely to be “a massive contribution” towards renewable energy and would act as a great alternative towards having wind turbines.
Kronos Solarwants, a German company, have made it clear that they want to construct a ginormous solar farm which will all in all occupy up to 75 acres of farmland in Parciau which is located just on the outskirts of Caernarfon. Plans that had been drawn up and put forward have since been given the approval courtesy of Caernarfon Town Council and will be discussed by planners in Gwynedd Council on the September 22nd 2014.
Speaking all the way from Munich, Dr Alexander Arcache, Kronos Boss suggested;
“It will be a massive contribution to creating renewable energy - first and foremost as an alternative to wind turbines”. He then went on to say;
“There is no heritage asset which will be affected and we hope it will be looked at very favourably by the Council. It’s visually very secluded and not impact on heritage or dwellings.”
During the set-up of the solar farm, Dr Arcache insists that they will be using “as much local sources” as they possibly can;
“Civil works are to be ordered from local firms. Parts of the components will be sourced locally as well, although the solar panels will not be built in Wales”.
It is rumoured that work on this land could start during autumn this year and could take just 3 months to complete. Not only this but the finished product may even be around for at least 20 – 30 years to come.
Deeside, Wrexham and Anglesey are other locations that have had proposals put forward for solar farms by various other companies. Mr Arache added;
“There will be no new grid infrastructure and no new pylons required for the development. It will be connected to the existing pylons and to a 33k Volts line. Farmer Ifan Evans who owns the land at Parciau said Kronos will be selling the electricity to the grid”. Mr Ifan Evans gave his opinion;
“It will cover around five fields. It will create clean electricity and we will still be able to have sheep grazing underneath the panels which will be set up on stilts”.
Mr Evans has in fact visited a similar wind farm set up which is located in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. The plans had been amended to ensure that the park does not encroach on to the route of the newly formed Caernarfon Bypass.
Felinheli Cllr Sian Gwenllian stated; “
Most of the area involved with this application falls into my ward of Y Felinheli. I am broadly supportive of the application at this stage and wait to see the response of the various agencies and the community council. We need to generate renewable sources of energy and solar energy is a good, clean alternative to non-renewable fossil fuels. We also need to help farmers who strive to make their businesses more viable, securing long term investment to help maintain farming families in this area. I have visited the site and as far as I can see, this project would not have a direct impact on any-one but the route of the new Caernarfon/Bontnewydd by-pass needs to be taken into consideration”.
Could this be the future for farming in Wales?
Nicole Cran, Pali Ltd
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