Planning sought for major solar farm outside Roscommon town
Gaelectric has lodged a planning application with Roscommon Co. Council for a 34ac solar energy farm on the edge of Roscommon town.
The development will consist of a 10-year planning permission for the development of a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy development.
According to forms lodged with Roscommon Co Council by Gaelectric Renewable Energy Developmentd Ltd, the development will include a single storey electrical substation building, electrical inverter and transformer stations.
The proposal also seeks permission for solar PV panels mounted on metal frames, new access tracks, underground cabling, perimeter fencing with infrared CCTV and access gates, temporary constriction compound, spare parts container and weather station.
Planning is also sought for a new access point and all ancillary infrastructure and associated works within a total site area of up to 34 acres at Creevyquin, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.
Roscommon County Council have until March 22 to make a decision on the application.
There are currently no specific planning guidelines in place in respect of solar farms in Ireland.
Proposals for individual solar farm developments are subject to the statutory requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000 in the same manner as other proposed developments.