Permission has been granted to increase by the footprint, of a permitted solar farm in Kildare by over 50%
Harmony Solar Kildare Limited has already been given approval for a solar panel area of 92,400 square metres, on a site at Furryhill and Kilteel Lower.
It now wants to increase the development area to 157,000 sq.m of solar panels, and increase in height of solar panel array from the permitted up to 2.8m to up to 3.2m.
The firm also sought permission to increase the operational lifespan of the solar farm by 5 years to 30 years.
Kildare County Council has granted permission for the amendments to the project.
The development description is as follows:
"amend the design of the approved development (Kildare County Council Planning Reg. Ref.17684 & An Bord Pleanála Reg. Ref. PL09.249155) which comprises planning permission for the development of a solar photovoltaic panel array consisting of the following; up to an area of 92,400 m² of solar panels on ground mounted steel frames within a site area of 31.24 hectares; a fenced electricity substation compound to include 1 no. electricity control building and hardstands for ancillary electrical equipment; 10 no. inverter/transformer units; underground cable and ducts; internal access tracks and hardstanding areas; boundary security fence; CCTV and all associated site services and works, the existing access to the lands at the public road will be used for construction and operational purposes. Planning permission is sought for a period of 10 years. Amendments proposed are: Optimised Solar PV panel configuration located within the same areas of the site as previously permitted with the exception of an increased buffer distance under existing 38kV overhead electricity line from 14m to 34m; an increase in the solar panel area from the permitted up to 92,400 m² of solar panels to up to 157,000 sq.m of solar panels and; increase in height of solar panel array from the permitted up to 2.8m to up to 3.2m. Modifications and enlargement to the permitted on-site substation building and substation compound. The substation building will increase in size from c. 80 sqm as permitted to c. 150 sqm with an increase in height from c. 5.8m as permitted to c. 6.0m and the substation compound will increase in size from c. 700 sqm as permitted, to c.1081 sqm; Permission is also sought to amend the operational lifespan of the consented development from 25 years to 30 years
Furryhill and Kilteel Lower,near Kilteel,Co. Kildare".