A proposal to install an 11.5MW solar farm at Tyle’r-fedwen Farm, Cwmafan has been approved by Neath Port Talbot Council.

The developer, EEW Eco Energy World, plans to install nearly 46,000 solar modules across the 33-hectare site. The solar farm is predicted to generate enough electricity to power around 3,500 homes a year.

As part of the approval, councillors imposed a range of conditions for the solar project in order to protect locals from any adverse impacts from the construction – these include limiting construction deliveries to weekdays and outside of ‘school gate’ hours. In addition, the developer has agreed to pay £10,400 a year to a community fund for the 25-year lifetime of the project.  

Commenting on the project, Svante Kumlim chairman of Eco Energy World said: “The approval of this new solar farm near Cwmafan will allow us to work alongside Neath Port Talbot County Borough delivering green investment and providing clean renewable energy where it will make a real difference.”

The London-based solar developer recently sold a portfolio of four UK solar projects totaling 56MW of capacity.