Newport eyes huge 75MW nationally significant solar farm

Newport eyes huge 75MW nationally significant solar farm

Newport is looking at a massive 75MW solar farm to be installed in south Wales on the Gwent levels.

The development of the site, which is considered as a National Significance Development (DNS) given its scale, has been proposed by Rush Wall Solar Park Ltd.

The site would have solar PV panels placed on the ground, mounted on a sub-structure railing. It will have 19 inverter substations, linked via underground cables to the panels.

It will be connected to the network of Western Power Distribution and when up and running, is estimated to power over 18,000 homes.

Within the Redwick Region and Newport City Council Local Authority area on the Gwent Levels, a low-lying, flat and sprawling coastal plain that stretches to the Severn Estuary, the Rush Wall Solar Park will sit south of Rush Wall.

The land is currently used for agricultural purposes and consists of irregularly formed fields spread over a total area of 100 hectares.

Construction is expected to take 18-20 weeks following DNS and other relevant approvals, although this is weather based. The solar park will then have a life span of 35 years, helping to contribute to the 70 percent renewable energy goal of Wales on the grid by 2030.

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