Application for new solar farm
A PLANNING application has been lodged with Wicklow County Council to develop a new solar farm at Ballymoney, near Arklow.
The application has been lodged by BNRG Neoen Holdings Ltd, a joint venture owned by Irish solar energy developer, BNRG Renewables Ltd, and its French partner, Neoen.
The site is situated on farmland 1.5 km north of Arklow town close to junction 20 on the southbound side of the M11 motorway.
The proposed development would see around 19 ha of solar photovoltaic panels covering an area of up to 9.8 ha on ground mounted steel frames. Permission is also being sought for an on-site substation, three inverter/transformer stations, underground cables and ducts, a boundary security fence, new internal tracks, CCTV cameras and all other associated services. The solar farm would have the capacity to generate around 7MW of solar energy.
Permission is being sought for a period of ten years with the installations to be removed after this time. If the project is given the go-ahead, the planning application states that the estimated minimum construction period is five months. Once operational, the site would be monitored remotely with monthly or quarterly maintenance visits.
Dublin-based BNRG Renewables has already developed and constructed more than €230m