Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS has proposed to develop a EUR-25-million (USD 28.3m) solar park project in Ireland’s County Meath.
The company’s Irish subsidiary has sent a letter to locals, saying that the power plant will be installed in the Graigs and Rathcoon townlands, spanning an area of almost 50 ha (123.6 acres), the Independent reports. Its plan is to apply for a 10-year planning consent and operate the solar farm for 35 years.
The proposed photovoltaic (PV) park, dubbed the Gorman Solar Farm, is expected to generate enough electricity to cover the consumption of around 10,000 local homes and offset more than 14,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
A spokesperson for Statkraft has told the newspaper that the company has filed several projects for qualification in Ireland’s upcoming solar auction under the first round of the national Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). The Gorman Solar Farm proposal is expected to succeed in getting RESS support, as well.