Former Bord Gáis chief John Mullins’s renewable energy business Amarenco is pressing ahead with plans to build 11 solar farms here.
The proposals had been on hold pending the outcome of Government deliberations on a subsidy scheme for renewable electricity.
The scheme was published earlier this week, and on foot of the details in it Mr Mullins has decided to commence preparations for construction.
“The announcement by Minister Naughten is very welcome and now brings Ireland in line with most other European Union nations in terms of an official recognition of solar energy, which is the fastest growing renewable energy sector on the planet,” Mr Mullins said. “Amarenco has been calling for this support for some considerable time and we will now commence our preparatory work for the installation of solar farms to provide Ireland’s electricity grid with much needed clean electricity. “We expect to have our first solar farm operational by end 2019.” The company said it expects to invest €70m in the 11 solar farms.