Solar farm company plans 20 Northern Ireland sites

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The UK’s biggest developer of solar farms has said it wants to spend £100m developing 20 sites in Northern Ireland over the next two years.

Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd is currently consulting on plans for two large scale farms in County Antrim and one in County Down.

One of the sites is 35 acres of land at Aldergrove near Belfast International Airport.

The company has said it could generate enough power for more than 1,000 homes.

The two other sites currently under consideration are at Upper Ballinderry, near Lisburn, and Ballyhornan near Downpatrick.

The London-based company has developed about 75 solar farms to date.

Its development director Conor McGuigan is from Belfast.

He said there was a lot of potential for utility-scale solar farms in Northern Ireland.

“If it works domestically, then you can generally make it work commercially,” he said.

“What we have found here (in Northern Ireland) is that it is akin to somewhere like the Midlands and we have been deploying farms there for the last year and half.”

via BBC News – Solar farm company plans 20 Northern Ireland sites.

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