Neo Environmental looks to Ireland for sunny solar power future

Although not shown in this image, Ireland gets between 1,100 and 1,600 hours of sunshine a year.
Although not shown in this image, Ireland gets between 1,100 and 1,600 hours of sunshine a year.

As the production and use of solar energy continues to grow throughout Europe, one Scottish renewables firm is capitalising on its work on commercial solar farms in the Republic of Ireland with a brand new pipeline of solar farms which is expected to produce in excess of 300MW for their clients.

While solar farms may still account for a comparatively small amount of the UK and Europe’s energy output, and while challenges remain, Scotland’s Neo Environmental have made some giant leaps with their projects in Ireland, where they have already completed all the environmental work for both a 50MW and 70MW solar farm – two of the largest of their kind in the region.

And in Northern Ireland, Neo Environmental is completing ecology and archaeology work for farms with a capacity of 90MW which are being constructed.

Formed in Glasgow in 2012, Neo Environmental now has offices in England (Warwick), Northern Ireland (Belfast) and the Republic of Ireland (Kildare).

The firm is leading change in the Republic of Ireland – with just one functioning solar farm currently in operation, Neo Environmental’s new energy pipeline looks set to change the face of the industry.

Having helped establish a capacity of 600MW across England, Scotland and Wales over the past four years from solar farms alone, Neo Environmental is using this experience to develop exciting new opportunities in the Irish market.

Before solar farms can be built, geophysical surveys, trial trenching and other surveys must be carried out, and Neo Environmental consultants have been leading the research and investigations.

Their efforts have already yielded new innovations in the field, with a new Glint and Glare assessment developed in-house now being employed on numerous projects across Ireland.

A complex process which looks at commercial flight paths, private residences and local road users, it has revolutionised the siting of panels and designing of new solar farms – potentially increasing their appeal as an equally-viable partner to the growth of the wind farm economy, another sector where Neo Environmental continues to lead.

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