Ap­pli­ca­tion for new so­lar farm

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

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

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