Established in 1998, Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) are leaders in the field of community based renewable energy, with many years of experience in developing and advising on community schemes including wind, solar, biomass and hydro. This project aims to secure planning for a ground mounted solar farm, and a battery storage facility on Mynydd y Gwrhyd. LEADER funding will pay for the legal support costs needed and the planning application fee required for the site. The completed solar and battery storage facilities will be located next to existing AAT wind turbines.
A feasibility study has been successfully completed which considered a range of issues such as ecology, access, visual impact, hydrology, archaeology, glint and glare, noise and economic impact. These studies can now be submitted as part of the planning application.
The local community will benefit from the opportunity to access cheaper electricity through the solar and battery storage facilities. Additionally, these facilities will enable AAT to continue to work to support local regeneration, address climate change and generate sustainable sources of funding for the local community. The site will also be an extremely valuable educational resource with a wide range of technologies on display and will be an excellent example for students of all ages, of how to integrate these and how they link in with everyday life.
Once the legal and planning process is complete AAT will launch a community share offer to fund the capital costs required for the solar and battery facilities.
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LEADER Local Development Fund
Neath Port Talbot
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