Multimillion-euro Longford solar farm gets planning

Longford County Council has granted conditional planning permission for a major solar farm project at Middleton, Killashee.

Wexford company Harmony Solar lodged the application with the council in June of this year and permission has now been granted subject to 15 conditions.

The application lodged with the council earlier this year was for a ten-year permission to develop a solar farm on 51.38 hectares, or almost 130 acres, at Middleton, Killahsee, about 8km southwest of Longford town.

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The solar farm would involve 216,000 sq m of photovoltaic panes on ground-mounted steel frames.

The company says the panels would generate between 35 to 50 megawatts of electrical energy.

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A statement issued by the company in June in relation to its plans for the site says the land proposed for the solar panels is an excellent site because it’s surrounded by woodlands, bog and filed boundaries, which provides a screen from adjacent lands.

It also says the large open fields on the site mean the solar panels can be installed without having to take away existing hedgerows.

The statement also says the technology will not have any impact on surrounding lands because there are no moving parts; there won’t be any noise or emissions.

Planning permission is reported to have been granted by the council for the development but it’s subject to 15 conditions and the details of those conditions aren’t yet known.