Local AM Calls for Community Benefits from Monmouthshire’s Solar Farms

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay met with a group of concerned residents from the Llanvapley area earlier today to hear their concerns about lack of communication and information from developers of the large solar park that is being developed locally.

Residents hope that the new solar farm will deliver significant economic and community benefits to their local community and to other communities in Monmouthshire.

Nick Ramsay AM at Llanvapley earlier today with Les Taylor representing the local communities and residents.

Nick Ramsay AM at Llanvapley earlier today with Les Taylor representing the local communities and residents.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“Unfortunately, the company carrying out this development, Conergy, is proving difficult to contact and to enter into negotiations with. I wrote myself to the company last week but have not received a reply to date.

“Enquiries of the Welsh Government have revealed that there seems to be no guidance on community benefits from renewable energy developments in Wales, although this does exist in publications from Scottish and Westminster governments.

“I have written to the Minister to ask if guidance will be produced. A meeting has been arranged in early May to which Conergy has been invited. I hope we will have some clarification from Welsh Government by then and that Conergy will engage with the community.”

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