Solar farm

Green Labour policy set to get go-ahead for Eastside solar farm

A plan by the Labour-controlled Swansea Council could see the creation of a solar farm in the Eastside of the city that would reduce the administration’s carbon footprint.

The scheme on a 17-acre site at Tir John is set to go to Cabinet on September 17 and would see a reduced carbon footprint of 3% a year until at least the year 2050.

If approved the scheme would also see the council selling green electricity generated to the national grid and would generate 3MW a year and make use of former landfill areas at the site.

Labour Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said the project would be another example of the council’s commitment to playing its part in supporting the provision of clean energy to local communities.

“Councils around Wales are accessing Welsh Government funds to develop green energy projects that pay their own way and help cut carbon footprints,” said Cllr Lewis.

“As a Council, we made a commitment to tackle the Climate Emergency by significantly reducing our Carbon Footprint. We are already making some great gains across the Council, with all of our purchased energy coming from renewable sources.

“This Solar Farm could play an integral part in our ability to achieve our goal of becoming a Carbon Neutral Council.”

Added Cllr Lewis: “Over the lifetime of the project it should generate 101,302,731kw of energy. The Welsh Government has set out an ambition that 70% of energy consumed in this country should be from renewable resources by 2030. This project will help towards that ambition.”

At the moment around 17 acres of the 107-acre site has been earmarked for the solar farm and if Cabinet approves the project in principle, the solar farm scheme would require planning consent and would go out to public consultation as part of that process.

If approved the solar farm could start delivering electricity to the grid by 2022.




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