Vattenfall to kick off UK solar plans this month

Swedish utility Vattenfall is to start constructing its first solar farm in the UK later this month. The Parc Cynog Solar Farm in Wales, which was granted consent in November […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Swedish utility Vattenfall is to start constructing its first solar farm in the UK later this month.

The Parc Cynog Solar Farm in Wales, which was granted consent in November last year, will have a total capacity of 4.99MW.

More than 18,800 panels will generate enough electricity for around 1,440 homes a year, with first power expected in March this year.

The Parc Cynog site already consists of 11 wind turbines which have been operating for 14 years.

Daniel Wills, Vattenfall’s Associate Project Manager for the Parc Cynog Solar Farm, said: “Looking back we have made the most of the wind farm site and we are doing that again as a pioneer of co-location with solar power. It makes a lot of sense for Vattenfall to maximise the clean energy potential of its sites as we support Wales’s drive towards a low carbon and home grown energy supply.”

The company is also looking to install community solar panels in the area and has already started feasibility work.

Last year the UK Government confirmed its decision to reduce support for domestic solar projects.