What once was seen as a novel way to gather energy resources, the solar technique has seen a massive surge in popularity over the past few years. When once you would see the occasional panelled roof, there are now a growing number of households that have them implemented.
With this in mind, recent news has suggested that North Wales may become the hub for a fantastic solar park in Flintshire. As it would be the biggest of its ilk in the U.K, there’s plenty of excitement brewing in what should surely be seen as another great step for the region.
A budding and ambitious bid by the Compton Group, the proposal is on a grand scale with 220 acres of land possibly going to the initiative with 11,000 homes projected to being covered by the idea.
If the project were to find success then there’d be an estimated 100 jobs available for the construction industry; boosted further after recent employment rises. A handful of positions would be available after the build is complete.
This all points towards solar companies following through the government’s desire to have 4 million homes powered by the economic panels in 2020 – a sharp rise compared to the minimal coverage of some 10 years ago.
With this in mind, a spokesman from the Compton Group stated: “Both the UK and Welsh governments have committed to significantly reducing CO2 emissions and solar parks are vital in meeting these targets and providing a sustainable source of renewable energy that reduces the reliance on fossil fuels.”
Approval is needed from a few parties before they can proceed however. In a move which could reflect positively, a public consultation will be held where the topic will be discussed before an application is even sent. As a multi-million venture, this could be a smart measure of the opinion of such a large scheme.
There are sure to be some very interesting developments in this fascinating project over the coming months so watch this space.
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