30 Jun 2022

Planning decision due on Offaly solar farm that could power 1,000 homes

Decision due on planning application within the week

Solar farm

A new solar farm could be on the cards for Portarlington. (Picture for illustration)

A decision is due within the next week from Offaly County Council on a planning application for a new solar farm in Portarlington, which could potentially provide energy for some 1,000 households.

Elgin Energy Services Limited has applied to construct a solar photovoltaic farm at Shanderry and Kilmalogue, Portarlington.

The development will contain PV panels laid out in arrays across an area of three fields of approximately 12 hectares in total, with the arrays to be connected into four invertor units and then connected to an ESB terminal substation.

Electrical power is then transmitted to the national grid via the local 38kV substation in Portarlington 200m from the site boundary using a 10kV underground cable connection.

The Irish solar energy company based in Dublin says it has provided green energy for over 70,000 households and has 11 solar farms in Ireland, including in Laois.

It claims that the export capacity of the solar farm will be 4.2MVA, which will supply enough energy for approximately 1,000 homes. It has applied for ten year permission and an operational period of 35 years.

In a glint and glare study included in the company’s application, it is stated that a negligible impact upon the safety of road users is expected. The road is single track and vehicles travel at low speeds, with traffic frequency very low, the study claims.

It also says that a minor impact on nearby homes is expected.

A decision is due from Offaly County Council by September 18.

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