Plans have been submitted for a solar energy farm to power Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff.
Liffey Energy Limited submitted plans for the development over more than 5 hectares on land close to the processing plant.
Gaeltech Energy Services has been appointed as agents by Liffey Energy for the photovoltaic solar energy development. In the planning application, the purpose of the development is outlined as to harness solar energy to generate renewable energy to be used at the Liffey Meats factory.
In combination with existing wind energy and a proposed energy store, this aims to allow Liffey Meats to 'significantly reduce' it's reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity.
The footprint of the development will be around 40 per cent of the total 5.9 hectares, where sheep will graze on the grassy avenues between panels.
The development will also include associated works such as inverters, transformers and underground cabling.
It's expected that the operational lifespan of the development would be 35 years, after which it will be decommissioned and removed.
A decision is due in October.