Meeting focus on Wrexham solar farm plan


Charlie Croasdale

A SOLAR farm could power more than 4,000 homes if major renewable energy plans get the go-ahead.

TGC Renewables – a leading solar power developer in the UK – will hold a community consultation next week for a proposed 24.8 hectare solar farm on land between Bryn Lane and Francis Lane near Wrexham Industrial Estate.

A capacity of power reaching 13.1 megawatts would be used to supply power to approximately 4,280 homes or help supply power to nearby businesses and users of the industrial estate.

The consultation event on Tuesday takes place between 3pm and 7pm at Isycoed Village Hall.

Isycoed and Holt community councils have been invited to the event, as has Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

The news follows proposals in October last year for a 45 megawatt solar farm on Deeside Industrial Estate, which would be the UK’s largest and could power up to 11,000 homes.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales, said: “The planned solar farm will provide electricity for more than 4,000 homes and is a welcome boost to Wales’ renewable energy industry.  We need to be developing our offshore wind, hydro, tidal and solar energy sources to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, such as oil and gas.

“Wrexham and the country as a whole is facing something of an energy crossroads at the moment – we can go down this greener, cleaner route or we can see a dirtier and more uncertain energy future of fracking for fossil fuels beneath our homes.

“This solar farm, by contrast, would have minimal environmental impact to the extent that sheep would graze between the panels. It could also provide a direct energy source for the adjacent industrial estate, thereby minimising the loss of electricity that takes place on the National Grid.”

TGC is proposing a community benefit fund of £1,000 per installed MW on the site, which would be payable to Holt Community Council for the first 10 years of the project’s operation, irrespective of the community council’s support or otherwise for the project.

In a letter to local members and politicians, James Jamieson said: “It (Wrexham Industrial Estate) has been chosen as it can make a substantial contribution to renewable energy targets while the special qualities of the surrounding area are protected.

“The land owner would continue to use the land for sheep grazing, so the proposals represent an additional income stream, helping to support the businesses as well as the wider economy.

“TGC is committed to helping the UK make a responsible move towards a cleaner, greener future for everybody, both on a local and national level.”

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