Protest outside Kerry County Council against planned battery storage facility

East Kerry residents held a protest outside Kerry County Council’s headquarters in Tralee today to raise their concerns regarding plans for a battery storage facility.
The protest coincided with councillors’ monthly meeting.
The local authority granted planning to Redfaze Limited, subject to conditions, for the 40-battery unit storage, transformers and associated equipment at Ballynahulla, Ballydesmond.
The batteries store excess energy produced by wind farms and are a new technology for Ireland.
A group of residents has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.
Fred O’Sullivan says they held the protest to raise awareness and highlight their concerns.
Mr O’Sullivan says there’s a need for change, and believes in the future, this issue will impact other parts of the county.