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dark clouds hang over proposed solar farm
More than 80 local residents attended the meeting, where activist Kieran Hartley highlighted the negative impact of solar energy.
Highfield Solar Limited plans to install solar panels on 300 acres of land in kuchiff, raheenf, halismide and rospeel, with the possibility of installing wind on adjacent land leading to a meeting.
In the early days, local residents were informed of the company\'s intention to create a solar farm, and since then some farmers have been deemed to have allowed their land to be used.
Planning applications are expected to be submitted to the Wexford County Council in the coming weeks.
At the beginning of the meeting, a local resident said people in the community knew nothing about solar energy.
Mr. Hartley was the candidate for the last general election with a master\'s degree in environmental energy. He said: \"I have visited these infrastructure projects all over the country.
I give you the facts.
The proposal is to build a photovoltaic panel solar farm in Clongeen by Highfield Solar Energy Co. , Ltd. , a multinational company that has proposed some solar farms across the country.
They build on behalf of the land owner or developer.
The company plans to apply for land to enable them to generate 95 MW of electricity, including a new sub-station.
The name on the submission to be made on the grid (
Date: July 14, 2016)
Mr. Hartley said it was Peter Kavanagh.
The company will build, operate and maintain solar panels on up to 155 hectares of land (
About 300 acres)
Generate 65 megawatts of electricity.
They still have 200 acres if they want to install wind turbines.
They did not build a new sub-station for a solar farm.
It is about 10 feet high, he said, and there is plenty of room for a sheep to graze underneath.
\"The energy will be connected to a new sub-station with a wire, take it to a larger station and put it into the state grid.
It has a working area of 1 MW and covers an area of five acres, thus a total of less than 500 acres and is therefore proposing the construction of an industrial power plant for the area.
He said that Ireland had signed up for 28,000 acres of solar power projects before we could build a solar power system.
There are already 241 apps and 1.
75 GW is the capacity generated.
Only eight people have been rejected so far.
Asked by an audience how many people had received funding, Mr. Hartley said it was impossible to know.
He said the government subsidized renewable energy programs including solar and wind energy.
\"The energy you generate is paid.
All of this is on line and must be fought in order to enter the state grid.
There is a large scale application of kronorochi.
This scale of solar farms will completely industrialize our rural areas relative to agriculture.
He said that once an announcement was posted in the ditch, \"The clock starts timing,\" people had five weeks to submit their opinions to the Wexford County Council based on factual concerns, just like being unable to access the historic buildings, the destruction of the flura and the fauna, or close to the house.
During the following six months, the company can provide more information, after which it can appeal to Bord Pleanala within four weeks.
Once, developers had a decade to develop.
They have 20 to 30 years contract with the landowner.
Hartley said that since the government began subsidizing renewable energy companies, wages for residents and business owners collected by PSO have increased year on year.
19 euros in 2010 and Euro in 2017.
Whether you like it or not, you are paying for them.
You pay taxes at the industrial rate, which will affect the inheritance tax.
The company says this is the future.
The impact on health is outlined.
They\'re just small solar panels.
The company says this is the future, but they are chemicals based on aluminum frames.
They have been there for 30 years, but you live by the sea with salt water.
If released from aluminum, the chemicals can enter the water source and become air, he said.
These chemicals can cause problems in the respiratory or lung.
There may be reflective glare, and there\'s nothing you can do about it if it\'s on your house. From 4 p. m.
You need to pull up the curtains.
If you\'re going to stand together, it\'s up to you as a community.
It is very important for the community to have an open and honest conversation.
Developers are entitled to the same rights as you.
The motor that moves the panel makes noise, he said.
A British woman said that her community in the UK was destroyed by the wind farm as big as Big Ben.
She said the solar panels were covered with glass and asked how a chemical leak occurred.
Mr. Hartley said that after 30 years of exposure to the salty air, they may wear out.
He cited Google\'s search results and said the government could push forward many alternatives, including rooftop solar panels for schools, homes and businesses.
Minister Dennis Norton is sitting on the fence.
This is a subsidy for a few elites.
Why not give us the roof panel is an educational way to educate our children how to be kind to the environment in the future.
When the sun doesn\'t shine, solar companies get subsidies, he says.
70 euros per megawatt hour.
If the sun does not shine, they will get 35 euro/MW, so the developer will still get 70 euro/watt.
He said Hayfield also has a permit for wind farms.
What they are doing is called fishing.
They signed with the landowner for 500 euros and there was no way out of the contract.
If your son or daughter wants to build on this land, they must be licensed.
Tax payable and parliamentary tax.
The farmers I \'ve met will tell you that this is the worst thing they \'ve ever done.
He said that a local auctioneer at Wallace auction told him earlier in the day that Tintern\'s house, after the solar farm planning application entered, had depreciated the Ballycullane area by 50 to 75.
A farmer has expressed concern that if the solar farm continues, a forest at the north end of the Raheenduff site could be knocked down.
He called on the Clongeen community to stand up against the proposed development and said: \"You can do what other communities have done and regret it later.
A man asked if there was a limit on the distance between the solar panel and the house.
\"There are no restrictions.
This is a good distance.
I don\'t object to any renewable energy plans, but it\'s up to us to decide (the community).
He said IFA expressed concern about the solar panel contract.
A local resident said: \"The agricultural land here is very good and can take 35 years.
We don\'t want to fall out with our neighbors.
We are a community of close unity.
We plan to go to the landowner and see if they can retreat.
Asked why farmers would give up the land they were paid for on a single farm, Hartley replied: \"Agriculture is tough.
You can\'t blame others.
If I have a business and it doesn\'t work, I will try another business.
The bigger the area, the more money farmers think they earn.
Agriculture is currently paralyzed, inefficient in production and incorrectly set up.
He said he advised farmers to use airless biogas digesters and rooftop solar panels, and once the developers were finished, farmers had to remove solar panels and wind farms themselves.
This is a gamble.
Farmers signed for 500 euros.
Farmers earn 25,000 euros on 25 acres.
They may be small, but there will be more, but there will be gains.
This is golden goose.
If something is too good to be true, it is.
These are hedge fund companies in the United States.
This is their guaranteed funds because the government has secured them for 25 years.
Fossil fuels are running out, but solar energy is not the answer, he said.
They are burning fossil fuels when power stations are idle.
This can happen when there is no sun or wind.
We have to remove carbon dioxide from our environment, but we don\'t need more wind.
We can\'t use it.
We pay the developers to shut down their system.
It\'s not just what I said.
The statistics are crazy. ie.
He said all national and European guidelines for the Paris climate agreement support solar power generation.
Don\'t have any illusions. Our odds are great.
You must make a collective decision.
Do you want to have this for your children and family?
It must be the whole community.
A battle can take five to ten years.
They may move the site location, redraw, and reduce MW.
The case in the high court cost € 100,000 and clannroche paid € 120,000 and won legal fees.
A man asked if solar companies were Irish, and he was told that most were solar companies in the United States and China.
\"This is a very good piece of agricultural land that will be occupied for 35 years.
A resident says solar farms can hit the road directly in some places.
None of us want to fall out with our neighbors.
We are a close team.
Some people are determined to go to the landowner to see if they will \"back down \".
A committee against solar farms is set up this week.
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