Project Being Constructed

Project At A Glance 

  • Total project site size in excess of 500 acres
  • 200MWp energy capacity
  • Largest solar project in Ireland to date
  • Capacity to power over 40,000 homes
  • Fixed south-facing frames
  • Maximum height of 3 metres above ground level

Project Proposal

The Ballymacarney Solar Project encompasses sites that were initially developed by Lightsource and JBM Solar, and all were granted planning permissions between 2018 and 2019. The projects were acquired by Statkraft Ireland in 2019 and were subsequently successful in the Government’s renewable energy auction in 2020. Construction commenced in early 2021.

The project will see the installation of solar panels on agricultural land, close to the Dublin Meath border (see layout map). Once operational, it will provide renewable energy to the local electricity grid system. It will have the capacity to power over 40,000 homes with clean, green renewable energy.

A sub-station is being constructed on the Ballymacarney site. This is a 110kV substation that connects into the existing Eirgrid lines that run through the site.

The solar panels which will be installed here will consist of monocrystalline silicon solar cells laminated behind a sheet of glass to make a weatherproof package. At the proposed height, the existing vegetation will provide some screening of the site and additional planting is proposed within the landscaping plan to minimise visual change to the area.

 

Layout Map

Ballymacarney Location map

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