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10 acre solar farm ?

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  • 22-05-2023 10:51am
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    Registered Users Posts: 254 ✭✭


    Just wondering if 10 acres would be viable as a solar farm. Land is on south facing aspect and not over shadowing.

    Also can a small scale like this be connected to distribution network or does it need to connect to a substation directly. The land has direct access to 10kv and 38kv lines.

    Where would I get more information on possibilities/options ?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,169 ✭✭✭✭Water John


    That is 2 MW. Usual scale would be 5MW. The cost of the transformer and connection would be the issue. Yes, it could go into 10kv or 38 kv lines as long as the spare capacity is there.

    More land not needing to be adjacent but near to scale up might be worth looking at.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,980 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin


    There was a thread on the farming and forestry forum about this. Someone was asking about utility companies that were paying €1000 per acre, might be worth checking out

    Apparently the installers were looking for smaller sites as they could fit into the local grid infrastructure and they wouldn't have to pay for a significant upgrade

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,169 ✭✭✭✭Water John


    Yes most 5MW sites are earmarked for local substations with spare capacity. Solar project would need to be quite large to carry the cost of infrastructure upgrade. Maybe the landowner should identify another 15 acres locally. Sound out the owner on the possibility and then approach one of the developers.



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