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Developer planning 50MW Welsh energy hub

A developer with backing from one of the UK’s largest solar PV investors is preparing a planning application for a 49.9MW solar, wind and battery storage facility in the south of Wales. 

Greenfield Solar in mid-January submitted a scoping report with Wales’ Planning Inspectorate for the Wentolooge Farmers’ Solar Scheme, as, given its size, it is deemed a project of national significance.  

The Newport-located development would comprise solar PV panels and three 3.45MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 49.9MW, in addition to some battery storage capacity. 

Wentolooge Farmers’ Solar Scheme received an unspecified loan from NextEnergy Capital vehicle NextEnergy Solar Holdings III in November 2017.  

It is one of at least two loans provided by NextEnergy to Greenfield Solar projects over the past one to two years.  

NextEnergy also provided financing for the development of the Gwent Farmers’ Community Solar Scheme, also located near Newport, in late 2017, for example. 

Construction work on the Gwent Farmers solar plant is expected to kick off in the first half of 2019, after the facility secured planning approval in late 2018.  

The plant is set to be commissioned later in the year.

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