Newport City Council have approved plans for two large-scale solar panels farms comprising around 20,000 individual photovoltaic panels on a four.5ha site at Clearwell Farm close to Michaelston-y-Fedw, among Cardiff and Newport.

The 9,040 solar power panels would produce 2MW of electrical power at peak occasions – sufficient to power as much as 700 houses.

The solar farm is usually to be operated by London-based Heritage Power, who expect it to take eight weeks to build.

Renewable power consultancy Aspire Arranging, which advised the landowner on the scheme, previously secured permission for two 30-metre wind turbines at Clearwell.

“This improvement will likely be one particular from the initial and biggest of its kind within the nation,” said Aspire managing director James Davis.

The city council also approved a proposal for ten,560 panels along with a transformer property on the other side of Newport at Hazel Farm, Langstone.Applicant Silicon Vineyard’s scheme would have a maximum output of 2.5MW.

The development faced opposition from the nearby community council because of fears over visual effect and site visitors.