Newport eyes enormous 75MW nationally important solar farm

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Newport eyes huge 75MW nationally significant solar farm

Released: December 3, 2020, 1:03 p.m.

Gwent Levels, a unique topographical area in South Wales where the solar farm can be built. Image: Roger Davies, geographer.

Newport is planning a huge 75 MW solar farm to be built on the Gwent Plains in South Wales.

Rush Wall Solar Park Ltd has proposed the development of the site which is considered a Development of National Importance (DNS) due to its size.

The site will have floor-mounted solar PV modules that are mounted on a railing substructure. There will be 19 inverter substations connected to the panels by underground cables.

It connects to Western Power Distribution’s network and is expected to provide power to more than 18,000 homes when it is operational.

Rush Wall Solar Park is located south of Rush Wall in the Redwick Community and Newport City Council Local Authority area on the Gwent Levels, a low-lying, flat and expansive coastal plain that extends to the Severn Estuary.

Currently the land is used for agricultural purposes and consists of irregularly shaped fields covering a total of 100 hectares.

According to DNS and other related permits, construction is expected to take 18 to 20 weeks to complete, although this is weather dependent. The solar park will then have a lifespan of 35 years, contributing to Wales’s goal of bringing 70% of renewable energy to the grid by 2030.

Newport City Council expanded its solar portfolio over the course of 2020, celebrating the largest rooftop installation in Wales in July with 2,000 panels installed on the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome.

In February the city council announced that, thanks to a partnership with Egni Co-op and the installer Joju Solar, 2 MW solar would be introduced on the roof of city buildings.

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