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24/07/2021

Permission sought for huge solar farm in Offaly

Permission sought for huge solar farm in Offaly

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. 

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