Press release | 2015-09-01 | 13:24 PM

Carmarthenshire solar power plan seeking views

Vattenfall submits planning application for Parc Cynog Solar Array

Vattenfall, the European energy company, is calling on local people close to a planned Carmarthenshire solar project to comment on its plans.

The Swedish state-owned developer of the Parc Cynog Solar Array submitted its plans in August to Carmarthenshire County Council. The application was made after local people near to Castle Lloyd Farm visited the site, which is close to Vattenfall’s Parc Cynog Wind Farm.

Daniel Wills, Vattenfall’s Associate Project Manager for the Parc Cynog Solar Array, said: “Projects like the Parc Cynog Solar Array can help Wales’ move towards a low carbon economy. They can also support Vattenfall’s shift to more sustainable energy. It’s for these reasons that we want to explore the full renewables potential of the site.

“We’ve had positive feedback so far and so we’ve made an application for a 5MW solar array to the County Council and we hope that the community will take the opportunity to comment.”

The planning application and details of how to comment can be viewed on the Carmarthenshire County Council website.

More information on Vattenfall and the solar array can be viewed here.

The Parc Cynog Solar Array would have an installed capacity of up to 5MW and be capable of generating enough power every year to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of 1,441 Carmarthenshire households. The site is also used for sheep grazing and this can continue unhindered by the array.

In addition to Vattenfall exploring the solar potential on Parc Cynog, the energy firm is keen to support local efforts towards producing more sustainable energy. This means Vattenfall would like to help the local community by installing solar PV panels on local community buildings at no cost to local residents and groups.