We are proposing to develop a solar farm and energy storage facility on land to the south of Llyn Alaw, Anglesey, North Wales.
We are in the early stages of developing our proposal which is between Llyn Alaw, Llantrisant, Carmel and Llannerch-y-medd.
The development will generate in the region of 160 MW of renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid. The operational life of the development would be 40 years, providing significant carbon dioxide savings when compared to generation of electricity by non-renewable sources.
The proposals include energy storage which will allow energy to be stored on site at times when grid-demand is lower and exported at times of higher demand to ensure no energy is ‘lost’ and help balance the National Grid.
The Site and Proposal
The site is located on approximately 300 hectares (ha) of agricultural land in in the centre of Anglesey, to the south of Llyn Alaw.
The site is situated approximately 500 metres to the east of the small hamlet of Llantrisant and approximately 1.5km to the west of the village of Llannerch-y-medd. It is also to the west of the B5112.
The proposal will take account of local features including the Nantanog Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Cors y Bol Local Wildlife Site, protected habitats and species, protected Public Rights of Way (PRoW) and the National Cycle Route (NCR). We will be undertaking detailed onsite surveys and further assessments to review all landscape, heritage or ecological matters carefully in developing our proposals for consultation.
A scheme of landscape and ecological improvements will be prepared to support the application, ensuring the project provides a biodiversity net gain.
Construction and operational access to the site is expected to be through existing farm access points at Nantanog, Chwaen Goch, Chwaen Bach and Tan Rallt. Construction is expected to take 12 months. The development forms a temporary (40 years) use of farmland that is easily reversed at the end of its operational life.
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The wider benefits of the development proposed, in addition to the contribution towards the security of energy supplies, are:
- Assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council (IACC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national and international targets and the declared Climate Emergency.
- Making an important contribution to achieving legally binding national targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
- Contributing to the UK’s urgent need to transition to a low carbon future.
- Payment of business rates once operational.
- Providing a 40-year period in which the intensively farmed land can ‘rest’ while the onsite boundary vegetation is improved and maintained in accordance with a site-specific management plan.
We believe that the community closest to a solar farm should benefit from it. In addition, we believe that the community itself is best placed to say what the community benefit should be. If you have an idea for a sustainable community-based scheme or project, then please do let us know by completing the consultation feedback form.
Have your say
Please provide feedback to us by completing your feedback form by Wednesday 4th August 2021.
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