A proposal to erect a solar farm in St George’s has got mixed reviews from environmental groups because of its plan to use of undeveloped land.
The planning application, submitted to the Department of Planning earlier this month, proposed a 6 megawatt solar power plant on land east of Ferry Reach Park.
Eugene Dean, the chairman of environmental charity Greenrock, said that the charity was a strong advocate for renewable energy and solar developments, but that green spaces also had to be protected.
Mr Dean added: “There’s more than enough roof space to fit most of the solar generation that will ever be required.
“We feel that the priority should be to use existing buildings and brownfield sites.
“There’s loads of space on old water catchments and other sites that could be used – the government and quangos should put tenders out as soon as possible for solar development on this land.”