Anglesey council to vote on Wales' 'largest' solar park

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Media captionThe panels are planned to cover a 70-acre site on the Bodorgan Estate, with a target to produce enough energy to power 4,500 homes

One of the largest solar park applications submitted in Wales will be decided by Anglesey council.

The Bodorgan Estate wants to to build on a 70-acre site, the size of 28 football pitches, on the island.

The project will generate enough electricity to power 4,500 homes annually and connect to the national grid via existing overhead lines.

Anglesey's planning officer has recommended allowing the developer, New Forest Energy, to install the panels.

The estate is owned by Sir George Meyrick and Lady Jean Taps Gervis Meyrick, the niece of the Duke of Buccleuch and the site is currently used for silage and grazing sheep.

The Anglesey site will use 64,000 panels generating 15 megawatts of power.

Despite fewer householders installing solar panels in the past year, more solar developments have been given the go-ahead by local authorities in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Commercial interest

Pembrokeshire became the first council in Wales to grant planning permission for a solar farm at Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, in the north of the county, in January 2011.

The project on a six-acre site, currently the largest in Wales, was up and running and connected to the national grid within seven months.

The trading price of carbon and the low cost of panels manufactured in China attracts commercial interest.

In December, the UK government said it regarded solar energy as key to meeting its renewable energy targets.

It has set a target of sourcing 15% of the UK's overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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