Port of Barry solar farm is officially opened

A 4.5MWp solar farm at the Port of Barry has been officially opened by Vale of Glamorgan politicians Alun Cairns MP and Jane Hutt AM.

When operating at peak voltage, the solar array will generate enough energy to boil 1.5 million kettles a day. 

Matthew Kennerley, Director of ABP South Wales, said ports have a key role to play in the production of green energy.

“The solar array at Barry is the latest renewable energy project completed by ABP South Wales,” said Mr Kennerley.

“It is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the port and make it more competitive. We are committed to the environment and are continually thinking about how we can integrate the latest renewable energy technology into our port operations.”

The solar array has completely transformed a 20-acre section of brownfield port land. 

The 14,904 solar panels were installed by the Solar Division of British Gas, who completed the work between March and June 2015. 

Plans to extend the solar farm to 5MWp are already underway and the project has also been shortlisted for a Wales Green Energy award in the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project Category.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues