Renewable energy company Terra Solar is set to invest €30 million in the development of six solar energy farms in Kerry. Terra Solar today announced it is to submit planning applications to Kerry County Council for the first two of these solar farms in the coming weeks. Solar energy farms are to be located at Trienearagh, Listowel and Madam’s Hill, Killarney – the two sites expected to generate enough electricity to power over 2,300 homes. In total three sites have been identified in Listowel and three in Killarney which are suitable for solar farm development and can be connected to the national electricity grid. Director of Terra Solar Andre Fernon said Kerry has huge potential as energy can be harvested from the sun even on cloudy days. Solar power is one of the cleanest sources of energy as it does not emit pollution when produced or consumed. No noise is generated by solar panels which are approximately 2.8 metres in height and have an anti-reflective surface. The solar panels will be fixed in position on ground mounted frames. Details of the developments were shared with homeowners living adjacent to the solar farms planned for Listowel and Killarney. Mr Ferron said he is pleased with the local response to Terra Solar’s proposals and the company hopes to submit planning applications for all six Kerry sites in the coming months.
Ger Counihan is chairman of the Kerry Vintners’ Federation. They met Minister Ross this week to raise concerns about rural towns and villages.http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/repeatger.mp3