There is a key piece of N. Ireland’s solar jigsaw missing.
There are now over 3,000 roof-mounted solar arrays across the region, delivering clean electricity in to homes, farms, schools and businesses. These are smaller systems that dilute the impact of future grid-supplied electricity price increases. They also balance the 15-20% transmission and distribution losses in NIE’s aging and inefficient network. There are over 400 solar farms operating across England, Wales and Scotland totaling nearly 4GW of generating capacity. That’s the equivalent of 1,000,000 domestic 4kWp scale solar systems!
To date, N. Ireland has no utility-scale solar.
Lightsource Renewable Energy is working on a proposal for a solar farm on “Land South of Straid Road,” Trench Farm, near Ballycastle. Lightsource already owns and operates a variety of solar farms and rooftop installations across the country, working with local communities, businesses and landowners to generate green energy locally and sustainably.
A solar farm does not only produce energy – the proposed solar farm near Ballycastle will also be grazed by sheep, continuing the land’s current agricultural use as grazing pasture.
Generating energy locally means that Northern Ireland can reduce its reliance on foreign fossil fuel supplies, but it also opens opportunities for championing the local businesses and skills around each site. If you would like to see how you can get involved in the project, you can meet the Lightsource team in person between 17:30 and 20:00 at Sheskburn Community Centre on Thursday 11th December.
There is brilliant overview of the planned project available HERE.
This would be a fantastic project for the local area and we urge the local community to visit Sheskburn on Thursday, find out more and support the project.