Residents start campaign against the proposed 245-acre solar farm in North Kerry

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    The people of North Kerry affected by a proposed solar farm in Listowel, met with the deputies of local councils on Tuesday evening to discuss their problems and encourage them to help in the fight against the proposed project.
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The people of North Kerry affected by a proposed solar farm in Listowel, met with the deputies of local councils on Tuesday evening to discuss their problems and encourage them to help in the fight against the proposed project.

In Tullamore the initiative group, which was founded last month against the solar farm, told the Kerryman that the project will have a devastating impact on their community.

The application for the solar farm in Tullamore, Drombeg and Coolkeragh, was filed ‘Terra solar II’ in July and planning decisions is next month.

The use of planning 357,500 square meter solar farms, which has a 35-year service life and which will export 50 MW of electricity on a plot of 99 acres.

If you provide this will be one of the largest solar farms in the County, according to local residents, taking up 245 acres of land – or the equivalent of 27 full-sized soccer fields, residents claim.

In Tullamore, the initiative group filed an objection to the Board of County Kerry, which includes a petition signed by over 65 members of the local community.

Their objections also includes a report from a local engineer, ger O’keeffe and from ECO environmental consultants support their concerns about the project.

The issues raised by residents include health and safety, chaos, environmental factors, and argues that their properties will be impaired as a result of the solar farm. A local auctioneer has also reinforced this requirement in the documentation submitted to the Board of County Kerry.

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A spokesman for the group, Dan brown, says that nobody knows what the impact of the solar farm.

“This is more than 95 acres of land or 245 hectares. 245 acres, all in one place will have a huge impact. We do not think that a small community could withstand such a large industrial development.”

In their presentation of the group Council Kerry County included a report on the impacts of agriculture, which States that the project will have “significant impact” on agriculture.

Tullamore action group also referred to the health and safety, increased traffic on the roads from the 18th to the DVT access to the solar farm during the construction, and the impact of agriculture on the environment.

Glare from solar panels is also a concern, although the probability of this is controversial in the reports submitted by developers to the Board of County Kerry.

In its report, the developers claim that the blindness was theoretically possible in 53 buildings, but given the area, only 11 could be affected and that the risk is low, very low or no impact’.

Project developers, Solar Terra 11 Ltd, in their application to the Board of County Kerry on the solar farm said that they analyzed the impact of the project on the region and they refute many of the concerns raised in Tullamore action group.

A Natura impact statement was carried out and was submitted to the Council, which States that “when applying the best practice there will be no possibility for direct, indirect or cumulative impacts arising from the solar farm and the lower river Shannon SAC, which is close to development will not be affected.

The planning documents also state that 48 families, were designed in consultation with local residents.

However, residents say that many of them didn’t even know that it was planned.

“ Many homes do not attend. No open meetings with residents. The Minister of communications, Naughtan, Denis said that the community would not be the bulldozer for renewable energy, but we will carry,” said Mr. brown.

“That’s going to require that society can never be replaced. We have real concerns for our health, safety and welfare”.

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