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Elwy solar energy farm

United Kingdom / Solar power / Project

Elwy solar energy farm is a renewable energy project now being managed by Statkraft UK, following its acquisition of Solarcentury in 2020. This website provides details about the project and about Statkraft UK.

A planning application has been submitted for this project – it’s a Development of National Significance or DNS application which will be reviewed by the Welsh Government. The planning application describes the detail of the project and lists all the reports, consultation process and assessments that have taken place prior to the DNS application being submitted.

We are grateful to the St Asaph and Bodelwyddan communities for all their feedback during the pre-planning application consultation stage and for all the feedback received from interested parties and statutory consultees who helped shape the final design. 

We hope to have a decision on our DNS application in the summer of 2022.

 

100% renewable Wales

Wales is committed to an energy target of net zero by 2050, which can only be achieved by increasing the amount of renewable electricity generation.

Achieving net-zero means reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to a much lower level than today – and balancing the remaining emissions by reabsorbing the same amount from the atmosphere.

Elwy solar energy farm could be another step in the energy transition, preventing 495,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for over 16,500 homes.

The project intends to deliver other benefits too– a community benefit fund, business rates contribution to the local economy, local jobs and supply contracts, as well as improvements to wildlife, with long term habitat management being a big part of the plans.

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Location

Elwy solar energy farm is proposed on land near St Asaph in Wales, north of the A55 North Wales Expressway and west of the A525.

With a solar project of 47.5MWp proposed, the 156 acre site could power over 16,500 homes.

Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act. This site was carefully chosen as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land type and levels of solar energy. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced. A multitude of surveys have been carried out such as ecology, landscape and visual assessments, flood risk surveys and the lands suitability for solar energy farm use. The image shows the approximate location.

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Why Statkraft?

Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and the leading developer in the European solar market. Having acquired solar pioneer Solarcentury in November 2020, our highly skilled development team operates across 12 countries with a 10GWp pipeline.

Our vision is a world that runs entirely on renewable energy. We believe that renewable energy can power every industry, every business, every community, every home. It can power progress. It can power possibilities. For us to meet growing energy demand, keep our planet’s temperature below breaking point, and close the gap for nearly one billion people in the world who still have no access to electricity, renewable energy can’t be part of the solution - it must be the solution.

When developing a project, Statkraft manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to financing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm. We will engage with the neighbouring communities in advance of submitting any planning application, and we welcome community suggestions and views.

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Estimated timeline

  • 1 - Early public engagement

    February to October 2020

  • 2 - Assessments, surveys & reports

    Throughout 2020 and 2021

  • 3 - Planning application submission

    May 2021

  • 4 - Proposed construction

    Summer 2022

  • 5 - Proposed completion

    2023/2024



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Gareth Hawkins is the developer for this project. Don't hesitate to get in touch.
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Gareth Hawkins
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