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Huge solar plans for Montgomeryshire

 
Created on 18/05/2017 @ 07:33
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Huge solar farms are being earmarked for construction across Montgomeryshire over the next 10 years as developers continue to eye clean energy projects in the area.

The Land Development Plan for the county is in its final stages but included are plans to create up to 20 solar farms, with one being a whopping 280-acre site past Newtown, at Bwlch y Sarnau.

There are plans also for sites in the Welshpool area.

The development will replace the need for wind farms which have been scaled back by around 90% in the plans.

Also listed are medium-scale sites at Domgay, near Llandrinio; Heldre Hill east of Welshpool, at Staylittle; at Trefen near Trefeglwys; Drysgol north of Rhayader; and Camlo Hill, also near Rhayader.

Small-scale sites proposed include Bachyydrada near Tregeiriog; Abertridwr near Lake Vyrnwy; Fridd Llwydiarth near Dolanog; Buttington near Welshpool; Glynhafren near Lyn Clwyedog; Bryn Blaen near Llangurig; Bryn Titli also near Llangurig; Bwlch y Sarnau; Llandegley Rhos near Llandegley; Gilwern Hill near Frank’s Bridge; Nant Fawr near Lower Chapel; Llandyfalle Hill also near Lower Chapel and Ddyle near Abbeycymhir.

Anti-wind farm campaigners CPRW were reported in the Shropshire Star as being concerned because although the Local Search Areas (LSA) for wind have been withdrawn, they say there remains proposed policies “which still encourage turbine developments”.

Also according to the newspaper, it comes just weeks after plans for an energy park in Oswestry were revealed. Renewables firm Engena wants to create the complex, which would include a 101-metre wind turbine and 2,500 solar panels near Oswestry’s Old Racecourse at Rhydycroesau.

 

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