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Clarecastle solar farm ‘will not affect pilots’

THE global energy company behind plans for a proposed solar farm in Clarecastle have insisted that pilots flying in and out of Shannon Airport will not be affected by reflections of the sun from its solar panels. Engie Developments Ireland Ltd has applied to Clare County Council seeking a 10-year planning permission for the development of a solar farm on a site located in the townlands of Lissan West and Ballaghafaddy West, Clarecastle. The proposed solar farm will comprise the construction and operation of solar PV arrays mounted on metal frames on a site over 33ha, inclusive of a single electrical control building, substation, up to eight inverter units, one temporary construction area with ancillary facilities, boundary fencing with CCTV, an access track and all associated works. According to the developers, the solar farm, if given the go-ahead, will have a generation capacity of up to 19mw, enough electricity to power approximately 3,356 households. The planning application has been objected …

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New jobs for Shannon

CAE Parc Aviation is to expand its workforce in Shannon and Dublin by a total of 80. The jobs will include recruitment consultants to service the needs of airlines for pilots and aviation engineers in the global aircraft leasing industry. Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen described the news as “a vote of confidence in the economy of Clare and the Mid-West”. “I would like to congratulate CAE Parc Aviation on its success to date and its foresight in seeing the potential of Shannon Airport. “As the global aviation industry continues to grow, Shannon Airport is well placed to take every advantage of the opportunities presented by such growth,” he said. Over the next 20 years, the aviation industry will need to supply more than one million new aviation personnel. The total civil aerospace expenditure is estimated to be worth $5.6 trillion by 2032 and the world’s airlines will need 38,000 new planes to cater for this demand …

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