ABP’s Port of Barry Solar Farm shortlisted for top green energy award

August 7, 2015

Left: ABP’s Port of Barry Solar Farm

Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Barry Solar Farm has been shortlisted for a Wales Green Energy award, in the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project Category, just over a month after it started generating energy.

The Welsh Government sponsored award will recognise a renewable energy project of an exceptionally high standard. The winner will be announced at the Wales Green Energy Awards Ceremony on Friday 6 November at the St David’s Hotel, Cardiff.

The 4.5MWp PV solar farm project was developed by ABP to generate green energy and reduce the carbon emissions of its activities. The solar farm will contribute an annual reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced by the port by around 2,000 tonnes – the weight of a small ship.

Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director, South Wales said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for such a respected award alongside notable renewable energy projects. The news has been very rewarding for everyone involved. Its development forms part of ABP’s strategy to grow its business whilst seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of its activities.”

The solar farm has been built on brownfield port land. The redevelopment of this land is a positive alternative to the use of Greenfield land. The project was installed by the solar division of British Gas.

The energy generated will be used to power ABP’s operations at the Port of Barry, which includes tenants and customers, any surplus energy will be exported to the National Grid.
ABP South Wales has invested £5 million into the port of Barry specifically to generate energy from clean sources. Renewable energy is the focus of investment at all five ABP South Wales Ports - Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea.

ABP is currently working on the second phase of the project that will see it potentially extended from 4.5MWp up to 5MWp. This is in addition to the two 250KWp rooftop solar panel systems that were installed at the Ports of Cardiff and Swansea in June 2015.

An official ceremony to open the Port of Barry Solar Farm Project will be held later in August.

The other finalists in the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project Category are RWE Innorgy UK’s Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm and the National Trust Wales Hafod y Lan renewable energy demonstration farm.

For more information visit www.renewableuk-cymru.com