Massive Plas Power Estate Solar Farm Proposed, London

Home » Projects » Massive Plas Power Estate Solar Farm Proposed, London

Lightsource bp has announce plans to construct a 57 MW solar plant the size of nearly 170 football pitches located on the Plas Power Estate, Wrexham. The facility will produce enough energy to power 23,000 homes. The would cover an area of more than 330 acres stretching from just outside Coedpoeth to near Bersham. It will consist mostly of agricultural fields. According to the company, the solar and energy storage project would help to save 15,800 tonnes of carbon emissions. This is equivalent to 10,800 cars being taken off the road each year.

Online community consultation event announced for new Wrexham solar  proposal | Lightsource bp

Also Read:  The largest solar energy facility in Europe inaugurated 

Details on the proposal

Details of the proposals are contained within a report to Wrexham Council’s planning committee, which shows that a formal application is expected to be submitted in early June. Due to the size of the development, it will be down to the Welsh Government to decide if the plans should go ahead. Lightsource bp has pledged to provide a fund of £1,000 per MW capacity as part of the proposals.  The funds will be distributed between Coedpoeth and Esclusham community councils. The company said a further £400,000 will be invested in projects to benefit local communities.

Also Read: Largest rooftop solar system in the Nordics to be built in Sweden

Benefits of the Plas Power Estate solar plant

“The Plas Power Solar and Energy Storage Project will provide a source of homegrown, renewable energy. This will help to reduce carbon emissions and strengthen energy security by reducing reliance on imported fossil fuel energy sources.

“Because solar power is one of the cheapest ways to generate electricity, it’ll help lower bills too. Lightsource bp makes sure that its projects are designed and developed to support and sustain rural businesses. Furthermore, we protect and enhance the local environment. We are dedicated to supporting communities that are host to our projects. We work closely with them to maximise the benefits and minimise any impacts,” stated a news letter from Lightsource Bp.

The planning process

A report going to the local authority’s planning committee next week shows the application would be classed as a “development of national significance” under Welsh Government regulations. The council’s chief planning officer David Fitzsimon said the proposals would therefore need to be submitted to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales to be considered by an inspector.

Also Read: The Kubuqi Desert Solar Farm: The World’s Largest Desert Solar Power Plant

Outlining the process, he said: “The appointed inspector considers the applicant’s submissions They are made by statutory and technical consultees and other interested parties, as well as a local impact report prepared by the local planning authority. Having considered all of these submissions, the inspector writes a report to the Welsh ministers setting out their conclusions. They then recommend whether planning permission should be granted or not.” Committee members are being asked to delegate authority to Mr Fitzsimon to prepare and submit a local impact report on the proposals once they are brought forward. He said this would not prevent elected members from making their own representations on the scheme.