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Overton solar farm scheme would generate power for 2,000 homes

Published date: 17 June 2014 |
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A SOLAR farm could power 2,000 homes if major renewable energy plans are given the green light.

Proposals for land in Overton, currently home to a motocross track, come a week after residents in Isycoed and Holt were consulted about a proposed solar farm near Wrexham Industrial Estate which would power 4,000 homes.

Leading solar energy generator Lightsource Renewable Energy is inviting village residents to discuss plans to install a solar farm at Trench Farm on Red Hall Lane, Overton-on Dee.

Initial plans for the 7.5 Megawatt Peak (MWp) farm will be displayed at a Community Information evening on Thursday from 5.30pm to 8pm at Overton Village Hall in Pen-y-Llan Street.

Residents will have an opportunity to meet with the Lightsource team at the event to help shape the proposals before they are submitted to Wrexham Council.

The initial designs have already been sent to residents in the hope that they will provide ideas as the plans evolve, ensuring the project best fits with the activities and aspirations of the wider community.

Conor McGuigan, planning and development director at Lightsource, said: “Solar farms have a very small installation footprint and a typical development takes up less than 30 per cent of the allocated area – so there are plenty of opportunities for people to share ideas for putting the rest to good use as well.

“We understand people may also have questions or concerns they would like to raise and we would welcome their input.

“It’s a great chance for the community to communicate any ideas so we can evolve the plans for Trench Farm with the help of their local knowledge.”

The design and layout of the solar farm will allow all of the fields to maintain their agricultural use for grazing small livestock. The land currently houses a motocross track – which would make way for a flock of sheep and an array of solar panels which can provide enough power for 2,000 homes.

All other activities – a caravan site, airstrip and a fishing pond – around the site would be unaffected and continue as normal.

The passive nature of solar farms mean a number of biodiversity and wildlife enhancements could be implemented on site.

Lightsource is working with eco consultants to establish the best enhancements for Trench Farm.

Mr McGuigan added: “Part of the farm site has previously been used for a motocross track but this will be restored to flat grazing land.

“Our plans will make as little impact on the surroundings as possible and all other activities on and around the land can continue as before.

“The site will remain in operation for at least 25 years, so we want to work with the local community to ensure that we are the best neighbours that we can be.

“It is still early days for the proposals, which is why we are keen for local businesses, residents and wildlife enthusiasts to help shape these plans.”

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