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Planning Decisions for Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Schemes

Planning Decisions for Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Schemes

36 planning applications have been granted for utility scale solar photovoltaic schemes by Irish local authorities or An Bord Pleanála. In addition, another 64 which have an estimated 725 Megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity been lodged or are under consideration or appeal. This has increased by almost 24% since the last snapshot of the sector taken at the beginning of October. The combined site area for this potential capacity is 1625.2 hectares.


To view the full list of the Irish planning applications which have been lodged, click here.


See below for a synopsis of the planning pipeline to date:


Granted (Local Authority): 33

Granted (An Bord Pleanála): 3

Refused (Local Authority): 8

Further Information Requested: 30

Decision Pending (Local Authority): 29

Live Appeals (3rd Party vs. Grant): 3

Live Appeals (1st Party vs. Refusal): 2

Invalidated (Local Authority): 21

Deemed Withdrawn: 3



10 applications have been granted planning permission by local authorities in the last month, while one was refused. The grounds for refusal related to a contravention of a county development plan objective in relation to upland areas and visual impact on a regional road and nearby urban settlement. An appeal of the decision has not yet been lodged. A similar refusal citing comparable grounds for refusal was recently overturned by An Bord Pleanála on appeal.


Six applications have submitted items of Further Information (FI) which had been requested since the last snapshot. The majority of FI requests which have been issued have requested applicants to commission archaeological services to undertake geophysical assessments of the subject sites.