Cork County Council has recently decided to grant permission for a 5MW solar energy development near Coachford. The development comprises an array of solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels and associated works in the townlands of Knockglass and Kilberrihert. The Council’s decision is currently the subject of third party appeals to An Bord Pleanala.
The proposed development represents the first commercial solar proposal of this scale in County Cork. Indeed, commercially-scaled solar PV arrays, whilst commonplace throughout the UK and Europe, are a relatively new phenomenon in the Republic of Ireland, with only one development of a similar scale recently granted in County Wexford and a smaller scale project also granted in Co. Cork. Both these projects were ultimately granted by An Bord Pleanala, upholding the relevant Council’s decision to grant, following third party appeals.
Solar energy development such as these respond to European and national energy policy objectives and the global aim of reducing CO2 emissions. Such developments will make a contribution towards meeting Ireland’s 2020 targets of having 40% of total energy consumption to come from renewable sources.
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Limited is delighted to have led this project through the design and planning process to a decision to grant by the Planning Authority.