Planning permission granted for largest PV site in Northern Ireland

It’s not all bad news for solar in the U.K., as planning permission is granted for the large-scale PV project in Country Antrim. It is being developed by Hadstone Energy who is hoping to have the project completed in less than a year.

With a planned 46 MW due to be installed at the site, it will be the largest solar farm in Northern Ireland. Interestingly, it is the largest piece of land that has been granted planning permission for any purpose in the history of Northern Ireland.

“At 75 hectares, it is the largest area given planning permission for any purpose ever in Northern Ireland, as far as we can tell,” Hadstone Energy director James Rowe told pv magazine. “It is even larger than the site for the construction of the Titanic, which was 75 hectares.”

There will be a total of approximately GBP40 million (US$58 million) invested in the project, with construction now due to start at the end of the year. “Construction should begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and we hope to have it completed by the first quarter of 2017,” continued Rowe. “We have yet to decide which modules we will use on the project, and are totally flexible about whose we use.”