by Teresa Bolger
The recently agreed programme for government includes various commitments to address climate change and increase biodiversity. There is a stated ambition that the renewable energy sources will meet 70% of Ireland’s electricity requirements by 2030. So, we can expect a continuing focus on sustainable energy projects.
While windfarms have been a well-established approach, recent years have seen a massive growth in planning applications for solar farms—generating power from photovoltaic (PV) arrays. Rubicon has provided pre-planning advice for 56 proposed solar farm projects since 2014, primarily in Ireland but also in the UK. A number of these are currently still in progress but the majority have been successful in obtaining planning permission.
By John O’Connor
‘Navigate their way around the ha-ha, keep their distance from the ho-ho and completely ignore the he-he’ (Terry Pratchett – Snuff)
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