Furryhill-Kilteel Solar Farm
Energy & Planning
The proposed development comprises of photovoltaic panels on ground mounted frames and associated ancillary infrastructures in adjacent to the village of Kilteel, Co. Kildare. The site area encompassing PV arrays and all associated new infrastructure is approximately 31.2 ha. The solar farm will be made up of up to 92,500 m2 of solar panels with an approximate output of 20.7 MW.
FT initially prepared a solar energy feasibility study that established the sites suitability for a large solar energy development. FT then assessed the design requirements during the preliminary planning stage, attending pre-planning meetings with Kildare County Council and providing planning advice to the client. FT also coordinated the preliminary studies on Glint and Glare, landscape and visuals and archaeology that were carried out in the site. FT provided the design of the site entrance and access tracks as well as the overall design of the project and landscape elements. FT prepared the landscape and visual impact assessment including preparation of photomontages and landscape mapping. This was used in the preparation of the design of the solar farm and linked to ecology enhancement measures.
FT prepared and coordinated the full planning application and all associated documents which included a Planning & Environmental Report (ER) and Appropriate Assessment (AA Stage 1). The planning application was prepared on behalf of Harmony Solar Kilteel Ltd. in accordance with Irish and EU legislation and guidelines. Project management and coordination with the client requirements and subcontractors was fully done by FT.
At a community level, FT organised and staffed a public information meeting with the local community on the project.
FT completed all GIS and CAD work in-house and submitted the planning application to Kildare County Council.
The proposed development was initially refused planning permission by the planning authority, however FT prepared an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, who concurred with our arguments and overturned the decision of Kildare County Council to grant full planning permission for the initial submitted layout.
92,500 m2 of solar panels.
The proposed grid connection is approximately 5.2km in length.
Cover an area of 31.2 ha.