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Powys going solar

Created on 12/06/2017 @ 07:50
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Powys hopes to be producing enough solar energy to power up to 7,500 homes by the year 2026, it has been revealed.

In what is an obvious shift from wind power reliance to solar, Powys County Council says that it is close to unveiling its new direction which will be put to public consultation before being set in stone later this year.

The renewable energy segment in the new Local Development Plan plan is expected to reveal 20 local search areas that have potential for solar development that could contribute up to 45 MW of solar energy by 2026.

With 1MW capable of powering 164 houses, it could mean that an area the size of Welshpool and its surrounding villages could be powered by solar.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Martin Weale said: “As the new cabinet member I have been thoroughly briefed about the LDP hearing. I would remind the public that Renewable Energy document produced by the council is a high level theoretical study and that any scheme would be subject of full planning process.”

Local search areas have fewer constraints than other parts of the county, but are not site allocations or specific sites where the council is applying for planning permission. They are large areas that may have potential for development somewhere within them.

Any planning application for a solar energy development proposal within or outside a local search area, would still have to be determined on its own individual merits within relevant planning policies and material considerations.

The work can be viewed on the LDP website and can be referred to by those persons attending the renewable energy hearing sessions. But, it is not available for public consultation at this time. Any comments on the work received by either the council or the examination Inspector will be returned.

The current hearing will end in July and is likely to be followed by six-week public consultation on further changes to the LDP - these are known as matters arising changes.

Further details about the consultation process will be published on the council’s website when available.


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