UK firm plans 60 MW of solar projects in Ireland - report
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UK company Elgar Middleton is looking to develop six solar farms around Limerick in the Mid-West region of Ireland that could have a combined capacity of 60 MW, the Sunday Independent reported.
The infrastructure and energy company has been working with local businessmen to find suitable locations and has already identified six sites. Partner Edward Elgar was cited as saying that planning applications and grid connection applications would be submitted next year. Construction work on the solar farms could start in late 2016.
The projects could require an investment of EUR 66 million, with solar infrastructure costing around GBP 750,000 (USD 1.1m/EUR 1m) per MW plus another GBP 50,000 usually paid per MW for grid connection, according to the article. The land would be leased from owners in return for a regular fee.