Solar Development Ireland Given Planning Permission
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Mountmellick solar farm given planning permission

Mountmellick solar farm given planning permission
May 11, 2017 Danny Scrivener

The solar photovoltaic (PV) development has been given planning consent following some initial concerns from the local councillor and nearby residents[1,2] regarding glint and glare. The development will be located just south of Mountmellick in County Laois, Ireland.

In an article printed in the Leinster Express, it was stated that local residents raised concerns regarding the effects of glint and glare on the Limetree Airfield located approximately 5km east of the solar development site. The Laois County Councillor Paddy Bracken also raised issues with regard to the proximity to local dwellings and roads, and potential glint and glare impacts.

The solar development will likely look similar to the photo shown in Figure 1 below, which shows a typical ground mounted solar development[3].

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Figure 1: Typical solar development

The development has been granted a 10 year planning permission by Laois County Council. The developer demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the council, that the development would not ‘seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity'[4].

Pager Power have completed a number of other Glint and Glare assessments in Ireland previously. Speak to us about your development to see how we can help. Call +44 (0) 1787 319001 or email


[1] Chocks away for Mountmellick solar farm despite ‘glare’ fears for pilots. Ryan Dunne of the Leinster Express, 15.03.2017 (last accessed 05.05.2017).
[2] Laios County Council Planning Portal, reference 16505 (last accessed 05.05.2017).
[3] Pager Power photograph.
[4] As per footnote 1.


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