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Vattenfall Generates First Power at Carmarthenshire Solar Power Project

Vattenfall, the European energy company, has generated electricity for the first time at a prototype solar power project in Wales. The power was produced late on Thursday 24 March from what is Vattenfall’s first large scale solar array.

The 4.99MW Parc Cynog Solar Farm, is a pilot project of Vattenfall’s co-location concept to maximise the renewables potential of UK Vattenfall sites. The Parc Cynog site, in Carmarthenshire, already includes 11 wind turbines, in operation for 14 years. Co-locating with solar power makes technical sense as the wind and the sun tend to generate clean power at different times.

Daniel Wills, Vattenfall’s Associate Project Manager for the Parc Cynog Solar Farm, said: “It has taken the installation team eleven days to install 18,860 solar panels on the site. This incredible effort has led to first power exported to the local network and we are of course very pleased to have successfully completed this challenging build.”

Construction on the Castle Lloyd Farm site started at the end of January and the last of the 18,860 solar PV panels was fixed into place on 18th March with power flowing to the grid six days later.

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- The solar array and the wind farm will share an existing connection to the grid, a first for Vattenfall.
- The Parc Cynog Solar Farm will have an installed capacity of 4.99MW and be capable of generating enough power every year to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of 1,441 Carmarthenshire households. The site is also used for sheep grazing and this can continue unhindered by the array.