A large scale solar farm in Northern Ireland worth £6 million has been given the go-ahead by the Government.
Located in Downpatrick, around 33 kilometres south of Belfast in County Down, the solar project will have a total capacity of 5.1MW, capable of generating electricity to power more than 1,500 homes.
The project, being built by BNRG Northern Power, is also expected to create over 50 jobs during the construction phase alone.
Sean McMullan from BNRG said: “There is currently only around 5MW of solar energy produced in Northern Ireland, from mainly small-scale roof-mounted panels and none from large-scale ground-mounted solar farms.
“We believe there is considerable potential for large-scale solar generation here, particularly as a genuine alternative to other forms of renewable energy generation such as wind.”
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan welcomed the “good news”: “This type of development helps sustain our environment through the use of renewable energy and also supports economic regeneration through the creation of jobs.”