£20m Kronos Solar Park Plan in Pembrokeshire

Thursday, 24th May 2012
  Plans to build a £20m solar park with 60,000 panels have been submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council by a German based firm. Kronos Solar has applied for permission to develop a 13 megawatt solar park on 27 hectares of land at West Farm, Cosheston which would include approximately 60,000 solar panels. If approved the development would be one of the largest solar parks in the country.   Kronos Solar director Dr Alexander Arcache says that the company already have installations in Cornwall and the Isle of Wight, but this would be their first in Wales. "We looked at several solar park sites in Wales and there were two or three great areas but this was the best site," he said.   "The great thing about its location is that it's practically invisible from the surrounding area, that’s why this site is so good. That's why we love the area so much. Not only is there very limited visibility, it's acceptable to the area and it also is not stealing any great farm land as it is low grade land".   Although Kronos is not a British company, Dr Arcache said the scheme would be backed by money from British sources such as pension funds. "It's a long term British investment supported by German know-how," he added.   He said there would be a section 106 agreement involved to provide benefits to the community and the development would be covered by the Renewables Obligation Certificate system, which obliges UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of electricity from renewable sources.