Project Overview

Two of Ireland’s leading energy providers, Bord na Móna and ESB, have commenced construction of a new solar farm at Timahoe North, Co Kildare, as part of a wider solar energy joint venture between the two companies. Timahoe North will be the first large-scale solar project that both Bord na Móna and ESB will bring to fruition as part of their respective renewable energy portfolios. 

It is expected that Timohoe North Solar Farm will be fully operational by the end of 2024, with an installed capacity of 108MW of renewable energy to the national grid. This is enough energy to power the equivalent of around 25,000 homes, which will support the delivery of more green energy to communities and businesses across the country in line with Ireland’s renewable energy targets for 2030.

Common Queries & FAQ's

The project site is located in the townland of Timahoe, approximately 6.5km (kilometres) north of the village of Allenwood, 6km east of Carbury and 3km south of Johnstownbridge.

A solar farm is a large-scale renewable energy facility where large numbers of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are used to generate renewable electricity from the sun. In this case, the panels will be mounted on the ground.

Solar PV panels are made from semi-conducting materials which generate direct current (DC) electricity when there is sunlight/daylight. Even on cloudy days there is enough light for the panels to produce electricity. Solar panels are already in use on the rooftops of both commercial and domestic buildings around the country.

The area for the development of the Timhaoe North Solar Farm consists of approximately 700 acres.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be mounted on metal frames, to a maximum height typically 3m above ground level.

The solar farm will have a projected lifespan of 35 years.