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Looking for free solar power and live in North Wales?

Farms and rural businesses without mains electricity in Conwy, a costal community at the tip of Snowdonia National Park North Wales, are being invited to take apply for free solar power installation in a trial funded by the local government. 

Conwy Rural Partnership’s Local Action Group (LAG) is planning to install photovoltaic (PV) panels, with battery storage, at a wide range of sites. These will either replace existing diesel generators or provide a new supply to allow a broader range of business activities.

Suitable sites include workshops, studios and farm-based self catering units. Non-farming tourist buildings are ineligible.

As planning consent may be needed, prospective participants should check with the local authority. Stuart Whitfield, renewable resources officer at Conwy Cynhaliol, said: “A conditional funding offer may be awarded prior to planning approval – but this must be secured before any grant is claimed.”

Expressions of interest must be submitted by May 23. The LAG will agree which schemes to support by June 1. The LAG is also inviting ideas for other rural renewable energy schemes in 2012 and 2013.

More details at: www.ruralconwy.org.uk. Stuart Whitfield, 01492 577838 or conwycynhaliol@conwy.gov.uk.

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