Amarenco Solar secures Planning Approval for Ballineen Solar Site

Cork – 13th June 2018: Cork County Council has granted planning approval for a new 5MW solar farm on a 25 acre site in Ballineen, West Cork. The permission for the Ballineen site was granted to Amarenco Solar, the independent renewable energy power company that develops, builds and operates renewable energy power plants.

The new Ballineen solar farm is expected to generate approximately 5.6million units (kWhrs) of electricity per annum. The proposed solar farm will comprise of approximately 22,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted frames. The planning permission was granted after successful consultation with the local community for the new facility, which is located just outside Ballineen village in West Cork. This site is the eleventh solar farm that Amarenco Solar has received planning permission for in Ireland.

“The application approval by Cork County Council is very welcome news on the back of numerous successful and ongoing applications being prepared by Amarenco Solar for Ireland.  We are keen to commence real investment in solar plant and facilities, and to see that solar energy is strategically adopted as a real provider of renewable energy in Ireland,” said John Mullins, CEO of Amarenco Solar. “However, we are still awaiting a decision on renewable tariffs and hope the Government will soon follow the lead of all other EU countries. Our solar plants can be built within three months of commencement, allowing us to keep taxpayers’ money at home, in place of paying hefty fines for carbon emissions from 2020 onwards.”

The solar sector is yet to receive a decision from the Government on the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS). To date, Ireland is the only country in the European Union that does not have a policy towards solar, the fastest growing source of electricity in the world.