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Going solar: ‘We pay €1,000 rent per acre per year and that’s index-linked for 30 years’

Over 4,000 acres of farmland will be converted for solar energy projects in 2021 and solar energy companies maintain they are offering a valuable financial lifeline to farmers

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Green light: The government approved under 800mw of solar farms at the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction last September - that’s potentially enough solar energy to power close to 130,000 homes.

Green light: The government approved under 800mw of solar farms at the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction last September - that’s potentially enough solar energy to power close to 130,000 homes.

Green light: The government approved under 800mw of solar farms at the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction last September - that’s potentially enough solar energy to power close to 130,000 homes.

Irish farmers are lining up to have solar farms built on their land with one solar company receiving more than 50 enquiries from interested farmers every week.

Scores of small and medium sized solar farms have been granted planning permission in Ireland since 2015, but to date, none have been built.


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