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A glint and glare report has been produced as part of the planning submission for the solar farm. The panels are designed to absorb light and not reflect light.

A security fence will be erected around the site but as per the planning conditions, no security lighting during the operation phase will be installed on site. This fence will remain after construction along with the natural hedging. The fencing will include mammal passes to allow the continued free movement of mammals across the site.

There will be limited construction noise during the construction period. The foundation system for the panel mounting system is usually earth screw or driven type pile (depending on ground conditions). Both techniques involve a small track machine with a ram/screw attached. This machine tracks up and down in rows installing as it goes. The associated noise impacts are typical of the level of agricultural machinery.

The proposed development will have no adverse noise impact on neighbouring houses or local amenities once the site is operational. There is no noise produced by the solar panels and the inverter/transformer cabins may be a source of low-level noise but only when in very close proximity to the units.

The principle site entrance will be accessed from a new site entrance constructed on the L1162 (cul the sac) approximately 500m west of where the L1162 meets the L1170 “Cloondara Road”. Secondary access will also be utilised via the existing Middleton House entrance 50m east of the primary entrance and at Bunacloy to the south west of the site. Two temporary passing bays will be constructed on the L1162 between the site entrance and junction with L1170 Cloondara Road and will operate during the construction phase. All HGV traffic to the site will turn off the N63 at Killahsee.

A detailed traffic management plan will be agreed with Longford County Council prior to construction.

Once constructed and operational the only traffic to occur will be for occasional maintenance visits. The impacts of such traffic will be negligible.

Yes, the contractor(s) is/are responsible for providing welfare facilities on site.

Diversion and delays will be kept to a minimum when the detailed traffic management plan is put in place. The project will arrange leaflet updates and communications on this.

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) provides support to renewable electricity projects in Ireland and the Auction supports the Government’s ambition to achieve up to 80% renewable electricity generation by 2030.

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