Tuesday 27 September 2016

Cork County Council grant planning approval for 10.2 hectare solar farm

Published 29/01/2016 | 14:08

Amarenco has already received planning permission for a project in Waterford. Photo: Getty Images
Amarenco has already received planning permission for a project in Waterford. Photo: Getty Images

Cork County Council has granted planning permission for a new five megawatt (MW) solar farm in Kilmoney.

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Permission was granted to Amarenco Solar, the Irish developer of solar assets, and will see the installation of 22,200 photovoltaic panels in a site area of 10.2 hectares.

The Cork farm is part of Amarenco’s plans to apply for 40 solar farms across Ireland.

The firm currently have another five Cork-based facilities awaiting approval from council.

Speaking about the approval, Amarenco chief executive, John Mullins, said: “The application approval by Cork County Council is very welcome news and is part of a significant number of applications being prepared by Amarenco Solar for Ireland.

“Overall we intend to apply for forty solar farms in Ireland.  Presently, the company is awaiting the approval of Cork County Council for five additional facilities it has applied for in the county,” Mr Mullins said.

Amarenco says that it will employ 40 people during the construction phase of the approved farm.

Earlier in the week the company announced that it would be moving its international headquarters from Dublin to Cork, creating 10 jobs in the process.

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