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Solar panels considered

Published: 10/03/2016

Flintshire County Councils Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will next week consider the development of two solar energy (Photo Voltaic) sites at Brookhill and Standard Landfill sites in Buckley, prior to the proposal being presented to the Councils Cabinet later this month, The two sites will generate approximately 1200 MWh of electrical energy a year, equivalent to that required to power around 240 homes and saving nearly 13,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide during the lifetime of the schemes. It is anticipated that much of the energy generated will be used directly by the County Council at its nearby Alltami depot, significantly reducing both the Councils energy costs and its own carbon footprint.. Cllr Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: I am delighted to be taking this proposal to Cabinet as it demonstrates the Countys determination to save money in an environmentally responsible and productive way and it shows our commitment to both the Councils cost and carbon reduction targets. Cllr Kevin Jones, Cabinet Member for Waste Strategy and Public Protection, said: The proposals make excellent use of the closed landfill sites and extend the generating life of the existing gas turbines, which generate electricity from the waste gases produced at the site as well as securing and enhancing the environmental surroundings of the two sites well into the future.