Good Energy is working on the construction of a new solar farm at Brynwhilach Farm, near Llangyfelach, north of Swansea.
Planning permission was granted in November 2014 for a 12.7MW solar farm on the site around a mile north of the M4 motorway.
The main construction phase of the first 5MW phase of the development took place between December 2016 and March 2017 when the site began exporting renewable electricity to the grid.
The second phase of the solar farm on the western half of the site is due to be built at a later date.
The site at Brynwhilach Farm is well screened from view, surrounded by trees, hedges and existing electricity substations and pylons.
Our environmental plan for the site includes sowing wildflowers, planting new hedgerows and installing bird and bat boxes in existing trees to enhance habitats for a variety of wildlife.
Every year for the lifetime of the solar farm, Good Energy will contribute £1,000 per MW installed to a community fund. The fund will be controlled by local people and used to support community initiatives.
Project key facts (phase one)
Installed capacity: 5MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 5,350MWh* (projected)
Homes powered: 1,350**
*Based on an installed capacity of 5MW and estimated solar resource and photovoltaic potential for the site location (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport)
**Based on the estimated annual output of 5,350MWh and UK average annual household electricity consumption for 2015 of 3,938kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2016).
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