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The Welsh Assembly’s First Minister (FM), Carwyn Jones, will open Wales’ biggest solar farm, the 1,200kW site at Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire (near Cardigan) on Thursday 17th November 2011.

The facility was commissioned in July by Western Solar Ltd and has performed ahead of expectations according to the company, proving that the sun’s energy can be successfully harvested whatever the weather.

The FM will address a specially invited group of school children from Ysgol Cilgerran, Aberteiffi and Presselli. In addition, local entrepreneurs involved with starting sustainable enterprises will join community leaders in Neuadd y Dderwen adjacent to the solar farm for the opening ceremony — at which the children of Ysgol Cilgerran Primary will give a special prsentation for the FM.

‘Renewables are about energy security for future generations and it was with this in mind that we were thrilled when the heads of the three local schools enthusiastically accepted our invitation to the opening,’ said Dr Glen peters, MD of Western Solar.

The company hopes that its solar farm will become an important experiment for developing sustainable businesses in Wales. Western Solar will not only provide free energy to Rhosygilwen’s conference and banqueting business but also act as a key sponsor for music and opera at Neuadd y Dderwen, a major arts venue in West Wales.