The very first solar park in Wales is expected to begin converting sunlight into electrical energy later at the Rhosygilwen estate in Pembrokeshire.

Nearly 10,000 solar panels have been imported from the United states and are positioned in 12 lines in a six-acre field.

The £2.5m investment will probably be onstream 3 weeks prior to the UK government lowers the subsidy for large-scale solar energy investors.

The site’s owner Western Solar still hopes to double its size.

It truly is run by Dr Glen Peters who owns Rhosygilwen mansion and art centre with his loved ones.

He said: “There are 10,000 panels here. They are very cutting edge from the States.“They are thin film, particularly suited to our climate here of largely cloudy skies.”

He has preparing consent for a improvement twice the size but had to rethink his plans.

“There was no bank financing available. I then had to take a complete act of faith and mentioned ‘okay, we’ll halve the scheme, we will do one particular megawatt initially’ and I fundamentally raided my pension fund.”

The improvement will be sufficient to power 300 households.

Other applications for three and 5 megawatt solar parks at Cynheidre and Ffos Las in west Wales are said to become nonetheless in preparing.

But while Rhosygilwen has beaten the government’s closing of a lucrative loophole, developers like Nigel Payne of Allied Renewables in Swansea are setting their sights lower.

His provider hopes to full three significantly smaller, 50 kilowatt, solar parks by September.

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