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Countryside Renewables sold 49.9 MW solar project to EDF
Countryside Renewables has secured a successful sale of its 49.9 MW (AC) North Anglesey
Solar plus Storage Project to EDF Renewables, who will be moving forward with construction
and operation of the project. As one of the largest consented solar projects in Wales and one
of a new standard size of large-scale solar projects in the UK, it will make a significant
contribution to Wales reaching its net zero CO2 emissions target by 2050.
John Dunlop, Managing Partner of Countryside Renewables, said “We’re proud to have
achieved the construction-ready milestone, after having fully developed the site from initial
concept. The project is now moving on to the next investment stage of construction and
operation with EDF Renewables. The project is well positioned for potential expansion and
for the addition of onsite battery storage.”
Mark Connolly, Director at Countryside Renewables, added “We’re grateful to all of the
stakeholders who cooperated with us in solving the challenges along the way. We were able
to keep grid connection costs reasonable through applying best practice and to co-locate with
a third-party wind farm through constructive negotiations.”
The North Anglesey Solar Project (to be named Porth Wen by EDF Renewables) was
developed by Countryside Renewables to subtly merge into the surrounding countryside and
to have very low visual impact, as much of the development is far from general view. Sheep
will continue to graze on the site and a one-mile-long wildlife corridor will be established. The
project will provide local schools with a community benefit of £10,000 per year. It will also
liaise with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board to ensure local and regional contractors
are informed of opportunities when the project gets to the contract procurement stage.
Countryside Renewables developed the project to be one of the most commercially
competitive renewable energy projects in the UK due to its good coastal location with high
solar irradiation, large scale and on-site grid connection. Generations to come will benefit
from its low-cost, clean electricity for electric vehicles and for the UK to reach its net zero CO2
emissions obligation by 2050.
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