A FORMAL consultation for a solar energy farm which will generate enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes has been launched.

The consultation for Elwy solar energy farm, near St Asaph, will run until Friday, October 9.

The Development of National Significance (DNS) application is due to be submitted later this year.

Global developers Solarcentury – which has projects in Europe, Latin America and Africa – are behind the plans.

Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager for Solarcentury, said: "The Coronavirus situation has made us rethink how we present information and engage with local communities and other stakeholders in the pre-application consultation stage. We can’t do this face to face at the moment so we have been working hard on producing meaningful ways to share the details about this project and to seek feedback and views.

“I am delighted to announce the start of the formal consultation stage and to introduce our project website and online community hall as our two main information hubs."

Since the start of the year, Solarcentury has been evaluating land to the North East of St Asaph for the development. The site is North of the A55 North Wales Expressway and West of the A525.

With a solar project of 62 MWp proposed, the 117 hectare site would generate nearly 60 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.

The company plans to install batteries at the site so that solar power can be stored and used at any time.

The purpose of the pre-application consultation is to seek community feedback.

Feedback can be given via an online feedback form; by email elwysolar@solarcentury.com; telephone 0207 549 1299 or write to Solar, Solarcentury, 90 Union Street, London, SE1 0NW.

There will also be a live chat sessions in September 2020.

Visit www.solarcentury.com/elwy