Vattenfall Moves To Complete Hybrid Wind-Solar Project

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Swedish energy company Vattenfall will soon start construction of its first UK solar power project later this month.

Vattenfall-4Vattenfall announced that it would begin construction of its first UK solar power project late January, and expects to begin generating power as early as March. The construction of the 4.99 MW Parc Cynog Solar Farm will take place on the same site where 11 wind turbines are already installed and operating, and have been for 14 years. The project is an attempt to “maximise the renewables potential of UK Vattenfall sites.”

“In 2002 we installed the first five wind turbines at Parc Cynog, and then in 2008 we added another six,” explained Daniel Wills, Vattenfall’s Associate Project Manager for the Parc Cynog Solar Farm. “In 2016 we will add a 4.99MW solar farm. Looking back we have made the most of the wind farm site and we are doing that again as a pioneer of co-location with solar power.

“And it makes a lot of sense for Vattenfall to maximise the clean energy potential of its sites as we support Wales’s drive towards a low carbon and home grown energy supply.”

In addition to an increase in the amount of clean energy generated by the Parc Cynog site, Vattenfall are also intending to initiate feasibility studies into installing solar panels on nearby community buildings at no cost to the recipients.

“We want the community to benefit too, so we’re looking to install community solar panels in the area and we have started feasibility work to deliver on that commitment,” added Wills.

The Parc Cynog Solar Farm will consist of 18,860 solar panels, generating electricity through the existing connection to the grid.

“We are pleased that Vattenfall is continuing to harness the natural resources within Carmarthenshire,” added Carmarthenshire County Councillor Jane Tremlett. “The Community Fund provided by the wind farm has allowed our communities to do things we otherwise would not be able to afford. We hope to benefit further by receiving solar panels to generate clean, sustainable energy to supply our community buildings.”

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