Parc Solar Traffwll consists of three development areas, two are south/south-west of Bryngwran, and one to the west of Llanfihangel-yn-Nhywyn, as shown on the plan on this page. The development areas are linked by below-ground cabling, which connects to the grid at Caergeiliog to the west.
This scheme will have an export capacity of circa 35MW – in other words, it would produce enough clean energy to power approximately 11,630 homes per year and offset approximately 7,161 tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of taking over 3,818 cars off the road.
The specific infrastructure comprises:
- Photovoltaic (PV) panels;
- Mounting frames-matt finished small section metal structure;
- Scheme of landscaping and biodiversity enhancement;
- Central inverters (invertors and transformers will be housed in prefabricated containers), substations (DNO and customer) and associated cabling (below ground);
- Point of connection;
- Deer fencing;
- Infra-red CCTV (CCTV cameras would operate using motion sensors and would be positioned inward only to ensure privacy to neighbouring land and property);
- Temporary set down areas;
- Internal service roads; and
- Site access for the construction, operation and decommissioning phases
Community buy-in scheme: Low Carbon is actively exploring opportunities to deliver community benefit and/or community ownership in some form. This may include a financial contribution to the local area.
Biodiversity enhancements: Biodiversity enhancements are central to the project, which will include improved management of grassland around the site; management of wet grassland margins for wildlife; reinforcement of hedgerows to improve habitats for a range of species; and minimising sediment runoff to improve water quality of surrounding water bodies. The increase in botanical diversity can lead to an increase in invertebrate diversity, which in turn will provide significant benefits for breeding and wintering birds, small mammals, bats, reptiles and amphibians.
Supply chain: Economic benefits will arise through the provision of temporary jobs and supply chain services during the construction phase. It is estimated that there will be up to 150 construction jobs created including both direct jobs on-site and indirect roles in the wider economy. The construction phase will also have indirect effects due to the workforce spend in the area. Opportunities will be taken to maximise the use of local labour sources and suppliers, through the local sourcing of materials, where possible. We will actively seek to use local resources (labour and materials) where possible during the construction phase.