As a responsible representative industry body, The Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) wants to ensure that development of utility scale, ground mounted solar is carried out in line with international best practice. This document provides planning considerations for the development of same. Further to this, ISEA acknowledges the growing number of planning applications to local authorities for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (solar PV) developments in Ireland, and in the absence of guidance, the ISEA has set out what it believes is the appropriate level of best practice development.
The considerations put forward in this document are based on the experience of ISEA members in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States in the development of solar projects. These have been adapted to comply with Ireland’s regulations in relation to planning, environmental protection and agriculture.