A public consultation is being held on Flintshire Council’s renewable energy plans. In 2018-2019, the council generated 4.6 million kWh of electricity from solar PV, wind, landfill gas and combined heat and power. This is around 5 per cent of the council’s electricity usage, or equivalent to the power used in around 1,500 homes and approximately 2,090 tonnes of carbon. Now under the ‘Green Council’ Council Plan priority and the Renewable Energy Action Plan; the council is seeking to further its commitment to renewable energy through developing a ground mounted solar PV scheme on land to the south of Dock Road, Connah’s Quay. It is proposed to install 1.6MW of ground mounted solar PV and associated infrastructure such as inverters and transformers. This will generate around 1.4 million kWh of electricity per year which is enough to power around 480 homes, saving approximately 439 tonnes of carbon a year. This will not only help reduce carbon emissions; mitigating climate change and air pollution but will also contribute towards the council’s own carbon reduction target of 60 per cent by 2021 and the Welsh Government’s target of Wales generating 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030. A planning application is being prepared and as part of the pre-application consultation the council is holding a public exhibition between September 11 and October 9 at Connah’s Quay Library, Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay.
The Leader 11th Sept 2019 read more »
A solar carport backed up with battery storage is set to be built in York as part of its ‘HyperHubs’ project. The solar carport has a proposed generation capacity of up to 400kW, powering a mix of 160kW and 7kW electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The solar for the eight ultra rapid chargers is to be located on canopies located over 254 parking spaces in the adjacent Park and Ride car park, with solar also going onto canopies above the five 7kW chargers, which will service 10 parking bays. A battery storage unit is also set to go onto the site to store any excess solar, with the solar expected to generate up to 380,000kWh of electricity per year. The carport is the first in the HyperHubs element of the Go Ultra Low York Programme and will be located at the Park and Ride site at Monks Cross. A second site at Poppleton Bar has also gone into planning. The plans are still subject to approval from the City of York Council. If approved, building will commence in January 2020 with an aim of completion in six months. Northumberland County Council had similar plans for a 800kW solar carport with battery storage approved in July. However, local councils were this month warned they may face legal challenges if climate change plans are not implemented, with environmental law group ClientEarth describing it as a “collective failure”
Solar Power Portal 12th Sept 2019 read more »