Despite the pandemic the project team have been working hard and have secured grants offers of £7500 from the Welsh Government Energy Service. The grants have been offered to two community groups: EcoDewi of St Davids and Donkeyhill Transition of Llanteg.
Both awards are to support the community groups with an initial ecology survey and pre-planning applications for sites they have identified for solar arrays. EcoDewi are working on a 800kW solar development site with grid connection, enabling the sale of energy to the grid and supporting its de-carbonisation. Donkeyhill Transition meanwhile are investigating an initial 29kW solar array to provide alleviate the financial and carbon cost of their private sewage system. This could be followed by a second phase consisting of a 1MW community owned solar park feeding the grid similar to EcoDewi.
Both sites were initially identified by the respective community groups and submitted to the Welsh Government Energy Service who supported the project by conducting initial feasibility reports. As a result, both were deemed suitable to take forward and to apply for this funding.
The ecology survey at Llanteg is underway with the St Davids one to follow over the summer months. The pre-planning applications will also be submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council over the summer.