Western Solar Ltd owns and operates the first large-scale solar park in West Wales. Using photovoltaic panels from MiaSolé, the pioneering manufacturer of thin film PV panels, the park generates 1,200kW of electricity — which is enough to power more than 350 homes.
Together with our major customer Green Energy UK, which distributes the energy produced, Western Solar wishes to thank the neighbouring communities of Ty Rhos and Cilgerran for their enthusiastic support of this new facility. We also encourage all those who wish to use clean electricity — as produced here at Rhosygilwen — to buy their energy from Green Energy UK.
Western Solar is committed to spreading the technical knowhow gained at Rhosygilwen to those interested in installing PV systems of their own. Over the operational life of the facility, Western Solar will encourage sharing experiences on performance optimisation and the suitability of large scale PV to weather conditions here in West Wales.
Western Solar is also committed to sponsoring the arts through Menter Rhosygilwen — the charity that has been set up to run the unique venue at Rhosygilwen and promote culture as an engine of rural regeneration. Combined with the support from Western Solar, it is hoped that social, environmental and economic sustainability can be achieved for the arts at Rhosygilwen.
The solar panels from MiaSolé have been arranged to allow rain water to fall between the arrays. This only inhibits the growth of grass by 15% — allowing the land to stay in uninterrupted agricultural use.