Wicklow County Council approves solar energy farm

The Irish Times report Wicklow County Council have approved plans for a solar energy farm close to Rathnew.

The 27-hectare site, includes photo-voltaic panels covering an area of 182,120sq m on steel frames, with a maximum height of about 2.5m.

The permission follows Wicklow County Council’s decision in April to grant planning approval for a separate solar energy farm at Ballinaclough, Rathnew, to Gaelelectric Energy Developments.

The 10-year permission covers underground cabling, fencing and access tracks as well as an electrical sub-station. The permission is currently under appeal to An Bord Pleanála, with a decision expected next month.

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