Ballyvalode Solar Farm and 110kv substation


Location: Co. Limerick
Client: Harmony Solar Limerick Ltd.
Status: Complete
Overall Project Value: €140m
Start Date: September 2020
End Date: July 2023

Brief Description

Project Profile image Ballyvalode Solar Farm

The proposed development of the Ballyvalode Solar Farm consisted of a large scale solar PV development covering multiple parcels of land and an associated 110kV substation near the village of Oola, Co. Limerick. The development consisted of 2 no. separate application procedures consisting of:

  1. Planning application to Limerick City and County Council and subsequent appeal to An Bord Pleanála for the solar PV development covering approximately 142 hectares.
  2. Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application to An Bord Pleanála for the 110kV substation component.

FT had initially prepared and carried out a detailed solar energy feasibility study for the subject lands that established the sites suitability for a large scale solar energy development.

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FT Responsibilities

Fehily Timoney and Company (FT) carried out the detailed design for the solar PV development and acted as project leads for the overall design and planning application submissions. FT completed all GIS and CAD work in-house.

FT carried out extensive environmental assessments for the overall project as well as preparing the planning application documentation for both the solar farm component and 110kV substation component which were submitted through separate procedures and requirements. Both applications were prepared in accordance with Irish and EU legislation and guidelines. Project management and coordination with the client requirements and subcontractors were utilised by FT throughout the project and applications.

Project Statistics

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141.8 hectares

Site covering four land parcels

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+755,000 m2

Solar Panels

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New electrical substation connection to grid network

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Senior Engineer – Energy Energy Cork, Dublin or Carlow