Solar farm bid could bring 200 new jobs to Cross Hands
A POWER company is holding a public exhibition tomorrow to unveil plans for a solar farm and energy centre which could bring up to 200 new jobs to Cross Hands.
Clean Power will display plans for the new build at the former landfill site at New Lodge Farm, next to the A48.
It is estimated that the centre will create up to 40 new full time jobs in a range of roles throughout its designed operating life of 25 years, and up to 200 jobs during the 18 month construction phase.
And it could generate up to 20MW of renewable electricity — the equivalent of powering up to 25,000 homes.
A Clean Power spokesman said: "We are very excited to be bringing forward plans for our site in Cwmgwili that incorporates these innovative technologies, and are looking forward to sharing these with the local community.
"We want to hear from local people as their views will help us shape our final plans before we submit a planning application later this year.
"This project will see a derelict former landfill site tidied up and brought back into use for modern purposes, bringing with it significant investment and new jobs."
The company says the centre will source non-hazardous everyday waste from the area for the conversion and generation of renewable heat and electricity.
They state that the proposed development does not involve the incineration of waste, but captures all recyclables delivered to the site for reuse, and through advanced technology converts the remaining organic portion of the material into a clean gas that is suitable for electrical generation.
The spokesman added: "It will contribute to the UK's renewable energy targets, but most importantly, it will provide Carmarthenshire with a much needed alternative to the landfilling of non-hazardous waste produced by the region from everyday life.
"Traditional waste disposal practices such as landfill are being made increasingly costly by Government in an effort to bring improvements to the way we handle waste, and this project is an example of the alternative, more sustainable methods now available."
The consultation takes place from noon until 8pm at the Cwmgwili Miners Welfare Association in Cross Hands.