Plans to build massive 76-acre solar farm rejected
Plans to build a massive 76-acre solar farm in Kildare have been rejected by Kildare County Council.
Harmony Solar Kildare Ltd had applied to build the farm which would consist of an area of up to 92,400m2 of solar panels on ground mounted steel frames within a site area of 31.24 hectares.
The site would also include fenced electricity substation compound, transformer units, underground cable and ducts and boundary security fence with CCTV and all associated site services and works.
Planning permission was sought for a period of 10 years at Furryhill and Kilteel Lower, but it was rejected. Planning had been sought in June for the solar farm.
It comes as figures show that 225 applications for solar farms have been made in Ireland in the past two years to local authorities. No applications were in the system before then.
Research from PHR - a planning and research consultancy that specialises in data analysis and visualisation.
"There is just over 1.5 gigawatts of solar energy within the planning pipeline," PHR director Colin Broderick said.
"The capacity in the pipeline has grown rapidly with the first application being submitted in Wexford in June of 2015. Since then, 224 other applications have been lodged to local and national planning authorities. The average size of schemes to date is around 10 hectares with a generating capacity of up to five megawatts," Broderick added.