Parc Solar Traffwll, Low Carbon, P Thirty4 7 Communications
Initial proposes say that the land used for the solar farm could also be used for sheep grazing. Credit: via Thirty4/7 Communications

Giant 160-acre solar farm planned for Anglesey

Julia Hatmaker

Parc Solar Traffwll would be able to generate 35MW of power – enough to supply electricity to 11,600 homes a year.

Developer Low Carbon has launched a consultation for the multi-million-pound project, which has three sites totalling 160 acres. Of those sites, two are southwest of Bryngwran village, while one is west of Llanfihangel-yn-Nhywyn village. The sites will be linked by below-ground cabling.

It is hoped that the scheme will be able to offset 7,840 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, which is roughly the same as taking 3,620 cars off the road, according to Low Carbon.

Initially, proposals call for having photovoltaic panels, as well as power storage units, transformers, substations, and infra-red CCTV, installed on the sites. There will also be landscaping and an effort to enhance biodiversity. The land would also be used for sheep grazing or similar activity.

Because of the size of the scheme, it has been designated a development of national significance. As such, it will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate Wales, which will make a recommendation on whether the Welsh government should grant planning permission.

The development team for the project includes planner Barton Willmore, consultation programme developer Thirty4/7 Communications, environmental assessor and surveyor Sirius Planning.

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