Permission sought for huge solar farm in Offaly
Plans have been 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 86.7 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 has been 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.