An Bord Pleanála has recently granted planning permission for a 5MW solar energy development near Coachford in County Cork. The development comprises an array of solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels and associated works in the townlands of Knockglass and Kilberrihert. The Board’s decision follows a decision to grant permission by Cork County Council, which was subject to third party appeals.
In reaching its decision, the Board took particular account of the nature, scale and location of the proposed development and it concluded that the development would be unlikely to have any significant effects on the environment, including on ecology, landscape and residential amenity. The Board also acknowledged the benefits of solar energy in helping to meet climate change and renewable energy targets.
This proposed development is only the second commercial solar proposal of this scale granted by An Bord Pleanala in Ireland. A project of a similar scale has been in County Wexford and another, smaller, project was also previously granted by the Board in County Cork. Commercially-scaled solar PV arrays, whilst commonplace throughout the UK and Europe, are still a relatively new phenomenon in the Republic of Ireland, although we are aware of a number of such projects currently in the planning system. A 5MW project has recently been completed and connected near Belfast International Airport and is the first commercial development of this scale on the island of Ireland.
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Limited is delighted to have led this project through the design and planning process to a final decision to grant by An Bord Pleanála.