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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Kilduff's Elgin in solar site appeal

The council had previously granted planning permission for a solar farm on an adjacent site. Stock photo: PA
The council had previously granted planning permission for a solar farm on an adjacent site. Stock photo: PA
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Elgin Energy, a solar firm whose backers include former Superquinn owner Feargal Quinn, has appealed a refusal by Wexford County Council for a large solar farm project in the county.

Elgin Energy is controlled by tech entrepreneur Tony Kilduff, who also owns Elgin Capital, along with Ronan Kilduff.

It was refused permission earlier this month to develop a solar farm on a 28-hectare site in the seaside area of Courtown.

It would have generated up to 15MW of electricity. The council had previously granted planning permission for a solar farm on an adjacent site. Permission for a solar farm on another adjacent site is also under appeal with An Bord Pleanála. So far, 15 solar farms planned by various firms have been granted planning permission in Co Wexford. They'll produce a total of 84MW of power.

A Wexford County Council planner said that while there is a need for alternative forms of energy generation, the council's support of green energy is "not carte blanche".

Irish Independent

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