Project Being Constructed

PROJECT AT A GLANCE

  • Will generate renewable electricity for the Irish Electricity Grid System
  • Comprises over 300,000 solar panels
  • With an output in the region of 175mW, it will have the capacity to reduce carbon emissions by approx. 750,000 tonnes
  • There will be an onsite 110kV substation
  • All cabling will be placed underground
  • Material for the construction of the roads and hardstanding areas will be sourced as locally as possible to minimise the number of traffic movements
  • Associated works include access tracks and hardstanding areas, a local borrow pit, drainage works, a temporary site compound, steel framework, mounted PV modules, underground electrical and communications cables between inverters and an underground cable to connect to the Grid
  • An inclusive Community Benefits package (based on feedback from those in the local area) has been developed which will allow a wide range of individuals and organisations to benefit from the proposed solar farm
  • More than 250 jobs will be created during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of the proposed project

Need for the Project

The impacts of climate change on our world are indisputable. We are all being challenged to consider the role we play in climate action and how we can reduce our reliance on costly and polluting imported fossil fuels. The world is getting warmer, and extreme weather events are a frequent occurrence. We cannot stop climate change, but we can take action to address it. Renewable energy development is a vital part of that action.

Price hikes have put huge pressure on households and businesses, and exacerbated the cost-of-living crisis. Our electricity demands are also on the rise and providing sufficient supplies to avoid potential power shortages has become ever more challenging.

Furthermore, energy security in Ireland has come into sharp focus. Having our own secure energy supply will shield us from global market energy price increases and continue to help protect families and businesses from the worst effects of a crisis caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. We can tap into our own natural resources and roll out clean, affordable energy that won’t break the bank.

 

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At Statkraft, we are very much aware of the importance of having a mix of renewable technologies to deliver climate action. We build and operate both solar projects and wind farms, and in every project we develop, thoughtful consideration is given to what is appropriate for a local area.

We would be very interested in hearing what ideas you have on how this solar project could deliver the most benefit to you and your local area.