UK-based solar farm developer Lightsource BP is set to hold a community information event on 22 May 2024 on a proposed 182ac solar farm and battery storage in Meath.

The company is proposing to build a 57MW solar farm and 54MW co-located energy storage installation at Cookstown Great and Grangegoddan Glebe, Kells, Co Meath.

The community information event will be held in The Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, and residents are invited to drop in at any time between 2pm and 8pm.

The Lightsource BP team will be on hand to discuss the planning proposal and gather feedback from the local community.

Proposed installation

The proposed solar installation will provide enough renewable electricity to power 21,300 homes, saving 32,600t of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 16,300 large family cars off the roads.

Lightsource BP states that the proposed layout for the solar installation at Cookstown Great has been designed in such a way that most of the open grassland on the site will be suitable for grazing small livestock, allowing the land to retain the potential for agricultural use.

Around 70% of the solar installation will be left as open grassland.

Head of environmental planning UK & Ireland at Lightsource BP Aidan Collins said: “We want to ensure that local communities in and around the proposed location have all the information they need about this project.

“We’re holding this information event to speak to elected representatives, local businesses and residents of the local community, and to gather feedback,” he said.