Plans for massive 300ac solar farm in Meath
Project would be second largest approved in Ireland if given green light
Solar energy company Lightsource is plotting a 129-hectare (318ac) solar farm in Dunboyne in Co Meath. Market sources said the project is expected to entail a €60m investment and that it would be the second largest solar farm approved by planners if it gets the go-ahead from Meath County Council.
Lightsource applied to the council for planning permission on Monday for the project.
Lightsource's head of development for Ireland, Nick Robb, said that solar energy development "can provide a major boost for the local and national economy".
He added: "Availability of a secure source of renewable energy will be an important driver for investment from multinational companies in the coming years, helping to grow employment in south Meath and beyond.
"Additionally, deploying solar energy will also help Ireland to reduce the significant fines it faces for failing to meet EU targets for renewable energy and emissions reductions."
Meath County Council last year granted planning permission, with conditions attached, to Highfield Solar for a 150-hectare solar farm.
That decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due before the end of next month.