Caerphilly Castle. Image: flickr.

Caerphilly County Borough Council has put forward development proposals for the largest publicly owned solar farm in Wales – a 20MW site at Cwm Ifor Farm in Penyrheol.

Submitting a Development of National Significant (DNS) application to the Welsh Government for the solar farm, it would mark the Council’s first endeavour into energy sector investment.

“In 2019 the Council declared a climate emergency and has committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. The solar farm is a very exciting development and just one of a number of innovative initiatives planned by the Council to reduce carbon emissions,” said the Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, Cllr Jamie Pritchard.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project and particularly members of the local community who took the time to take part in consultation.”

Wales is continuing to grow its solar portfolio; earlier this year Renewables Connections received planning approval from Welsh Ministers for a 32MW solar farm at Great House, Penpergwm, Abergavenny.