Plans unveiled for 88-hectare solar farm in Offaly

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Plans unveiled for 88-hectare solar farm in Offaly

Plans unveiled for 88-hectare solar farm in Offaly

Plans are due to be lodged with Offaly County Council for the construction of a large-scale solar farm in rural Co Offaly. 

Elgin Energy Services Ltd intend to apply to OCC for permission to build the farm on a site totalling 88 hectares at Trascan and Clondoolusk, not far from the county's border with Laois in Portarlington.

The development will consist of photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted steel frames with associated cabling and ducting.

It will also see the construction of 40 single-storey inverter station, four steel storage containers, perimeter fencing, security gates and permeable gravel access track.

36 pole-mounted CCTV cameras will be erected on-site. 

Permission is sought for the proposed solar farm for a period of 10 years with an operational period of 40 years.

A Natura Impact Statement will be submitted with the plans to Offaly County Council.

An application for permission to develop a 110 kV substation and associated grid connection to facilitate the export of power from the solar farm will be submitted separately to An Bord Pleanala.