Engie chosen for £3m Flintshire solar farms

The energy and regeneration firm has been appointed to deliver the facility, split across sites in Flint and Connah’s Quay that will comprise 9,000 solar panels and aim to save up to 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. 

Work to redevelop the two brownfield sites in North Wales, totalling 19 acres, is expected to start in September and complete before the end of the year. 

In Connah’s Quay, solar panels will be installed on the site of the former Crumps Yard chemical works on Dock Road close to the River Dee, while in Flint, the Castle Park Industrial Estate site was previously used for landfill. 

The £3.1m scheme, for which consultant Stephen Halliday is the environmental planner, is part of the Flintshire Carbon Reduction Strategy, which aims to reduce the county’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2021.

Barry Tayburn, head of energy and innovation at Engie, said: “Engie is…working with partners across the UK on the transition to a zero-carbon future. We have an excellent track record of installing renewable technologies, so it’s great that we can bring that expertise to this project.” 

Flintshire County Council’s cabinet member for corporate management and assets, Cllr Billy Mullin, added: “This important solar project will support the reduction in carbon emissions emitted through standard energy generation which cause climate change.”   

In June, Storengy, part of Engie Group, won consent for a £1m hydrogen vehicle refuelling facility in Middlewich. 

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