Planning sought for major 100-acre solar farm close to Kilkenny village

Submissions must be made by this Tuesday, November 14

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

Email:

sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie

Permission sought for north Kilkenny solar farm

File photo: Solar farm

There is just one day left to make a submission on a planning application to construct a major photovoltaic solar farm measuring almost 100 acres at Ballyconra, Ballyragget.

The final date for submissions on Tuesday, November 14. The application is due to be decided by Kilkenny County Council on December 5.

Elgin Energy Services Ltd wants to build the power installation at a 39.6-hectare site near the north Kilkenny village. The company recently got permission to build a smaller, 35-acre solar farm in Carlow, as well as for farms in Offaly, Laois, and Westmeath.

Last year, Elgin sought planning for an 11 hectares (just over 27 acres) site near Goresbridge, also for a solar farm.

Regarding plans at Ballyragget, the company's application to Kilkenny County Council seeks: 

'Proposed works which will include a solar farm on an area of approximately 39.6 hectares, comprising photovoltaic panels on ground mounted frames, 20 no. single storey inverter/transformer stations, 1 no. onsite 38 KV substation, 2 no. steel storage containers, security fencing, CCTV and all associated ancillary development works. Elgin Energy Services Ltd, are applying for the proposed solar farm to have planning permission that is effective for 10 years (and an operational period of 30 years)'.