The plan is to build a 75-acre solar park which has been approved by town councillors and would give an alternative to turbines
A solar farm has been proposed for Caernarfon
A £15M solar park on a Gwynedd farm would be “a massive contribution” to renewable energy and an alternative to wind turbines, say developers.
German company Kronos Solarwants wants to build a massive solar park on 75 acres of farmland at Parciau on the outskirts of Caernarfon.
The plans have been approved by Caernarfon Town Council and will be discussed by Gwynedd planners on September 22.
Speaking from Munich, Kronos boss Dr Alexander Arcache said: “It will be a massive contribution to creating renewable energy - first and foremost as an alternative to wind turbines.”
Dr Arcache said: “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.”
Dr Arcache insisted that they would be using “as much local sources” as they can.
“Civil works will 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.”
He said the solar park will be in existence for 25-30 years and work on building it could start in the autumn and take about three months to complete.
He 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 Evans said: “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 said he had visited a similar farm in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. The plans were amended to ensure that the park does not encroach on to the route of the new Caernarfon bypass.
Felinheli Cllr Sian Gwenllian said: “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 await 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.
by DailyPost.co.ukon: 17th August 2014
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