Some 154 containers are due to arrive from China to kick-start the development of a €40m solar farms project at eight locations in Co Cork, capable of generating the equivalent of a whole year’s supply of green electricity to power 14,400 homes.
The project is to be carried out by the giant solar power company Amarenco which has completed a number of very large projects in France.
The company’s chairman is Cork-based John Mullins, who is also the outgoing chairman of the Port of Cork.
Mr Mullins told the Irish Examiner he expects construction to start in April at two sites in Carrigaline, plus one each in the Inniscarra, Whitechurch, Cobh, Mallow, Kanturk, and Timoleague areas.
“In total about 40 people will be involved during construction at each of the sites. We hope to have six of them ready in August for connection to the national grid and we are currently involved in ongoing discussions with the ESB about that,” Mr Mullins said.
In total, 120,000 solar panels will be used in the projects and they will be shipped to Cork from China via Rotterdam.
Mr Mullins said each one of the solar farms will be capable of generating the equivalent of a whole year’s supply of energy to 1,800 homes.
The six sites expected to be commissioned by August are the two in the Carrigaline area and the ones in Mallow, Kanturk, Inniscarra, and Whitechurch.
The ones being constructed in the Cobh and Timoleague areas won’t become operational until next year.
Credit: Sean O’Riordan | Irish Examiner | Cork solar farm projects to kick off as shipments land | irishexaminer.ie