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Durkan welcomes North’s first £6million solar farm

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced approval for the North’s first large-scale solar farm in Downpatrick.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The planning application by BNRG Northern Power for a 27acre 5.1MW photovoltaic solar farm and sub-station will be capable of generating electricity to power over 1,500 homes during its proposed 30-year life span. The development represents an investment value of over £6 million.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for renewable energy in the East Down area. This type of development helps sustain our environment through the use of renewable energy and also supports economic regeneration through the creation of jobs. It is anticipated that over 50 jobs will be created during the construction phase alone.

“The speedy turnaround for determining this planning application demonstrates my commitment to improving service delivery and in this case, supporting the green economy.

“My vision is a better environment and a stronger economy and this decision will certainly contribute to that.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Planning application R/2013/0361/F for a proposed 5.1MW Photovoltaic solar farm, sub-station and associated works at land immediately north of No. 22 Tullynaskeagh Road Downpatrick was submitted to the Department on the 9 August 2013 and approved on the 17 January 2014.
  2. The applicant is by BNRG Northern Power.
  3. No letters of objection and 1 letter of support were received for the application.
  4. For media enquiries please contact DOE Press Office on 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.