Solar PV scheme, Connah’s Quay
Flintshire County Council has long promoted and invested in low carbon and renewable energy; from installing technologies such as solar PV, heat pumps and wind turbines in Council buildings and Council housing to developing and operating two solar farms on closed landfill sites in Buckley. Indeed in 2018-2019 the Council generated 4.6 million kWh of electricity from solar PV, wind, landfill gas and combined heat and power. This is around 5% of the Council’s electricity usage, or equivalent to the power used in around 1,500 homes and approximately 2,090 tonnes of carbon.
Now under the ‘Green Council’ Council Plan priority and the Renewable Energy Action Plan; the Council is seeking to further its commitment to renewable energy through developing a ground mounted solar PV scheme on land to the south of Dock Road, Connah’s Quay.
It is proposed to install 1.6MW of ground mounted solar PV and associated infrastructure such as inverters, transformers etc. This will generate around 1.4 million kWh of electricity per year which is enough to power around 480 homes, saving approximately 439 tonnes of carbon a year. This will not only help reduce carbon emissions; mitigating climate change and air pollution but will also contribute towards the Council’s own carbon reduction target of 60% by 2021 and the Welsh Government’s target of Wales generating 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.
A planning application is being prepared and as part of the pre-application consultation the Council is holding a public exhibition between 11 September and 9 October at Connah’s Quay Library, Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, CH5 4HA. The public exhibition will provide information on the proposal including location, designs, layouts and draft planning documentation/reports. This is the opportunity for the local community to provide feedback and comments on the development before the planning application is formally submitted.
Information relating to the proposal or the public exhibition may be obtained by contacting the Council’s Planning Agent; Stephenson Halliday:
• Post: Stephenson Halliday Ltd, 30 – 32 Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DH
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Telephone: 01539 739000
The exhibition will be available to view during library opening hours:
• Monday and Tuesday: 9am to 6pm
• Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm
• Saturday: 9am to 1pm
It is hoped that the planning application will be formally considered by the Local Planning Authority later in the year.