Energy and regeneration firm ENGIE has been appointed by Flintshire County Council to develop a £3.1m solar farm across two brownfield sites.
As part of the project, ENGIE will install around 9000 400W solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across the two locations - a former chemical works at Crumps Yard in Connah's Quay and a site in Flint previously used for landfill.
When complete, it's expected that the panels will generate in excess of 3487MWh's of electricity each year, as well as saving more than 800 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The project is in the final stages of design and mobilisation, with the ENGIE team due to start on site in September and completion expected by the end of 2020.
Barry Tayburn, head of Energy and Innovation at ENGIE, said: “We're delighted to be supporting Flintshire Council in their ambitions to reduce carbon emissions.
"As an organisation, ENGIE is proud to be 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, said: “Flintshire County Council is pleased to be working with ENGIE on this important Solar PV project which will support the reduction in carbon emissions emitted through standard energy generation which cause climate change.
"This is a key priority for the Council and I personally welcome this plan coming to fruition.”
The projects have also received technical and commercial support from the Welsh Government Energy Service with guidance provided on site selection, a screening assessment and financial modelling and ongoing support being provided to the project team and board.
Rhys Horan, Strategic Lead for the Welsh Government Energy Service, said, “These projects are excellent examples of a local authority developing renewable energy generation on brownfield land, making better use of their available assets.
"Flintshire County Council are leading by example in developing such sites in their continued drive to become a Green Council.”
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