Meeting over Lisnafillan solar farm plan

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Local residents are being invited to attend a community meeting next Monday over proposals for a solar farm outside Galgorm.

Lightsource Renewable Energy has put forward proposals to install a solar farm on land to the north of 63 Lisnafillan Road, Gracehill, Galgorm.

Initial plans for the site will be displayed at the community information evening at Galgorm Hotel, Fenaghy Road, Ballymena, on Monday, December 14 from 5.30pm until 8pm.

The 9.65 Megawatts Peak (MWp) solar farm would generate locally-sourced energy for around 2,350 homes, whilst saving 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year – equivalent to taking 891 large family cars off the roads.

The proposed site is currently used as a grazing pasture and the project will ensure grazing continues on-site after the solar farm has been installed.

The design of the solar farm, with wide gaps between the rows of solar modules, leaves around 70 percent of the land used as open grassland, making an ideal home for a flock of sheep.

Conor McGuigan, Planning and Development Director at Lightsource, said: “The Northern Ireland Executive’s target is to meet 40% of our energy demand from renewable sources by 2020 and solar energy will have a big part to play in helping to achieve this goal.

“The community event will give residents a chance to see the plans in more detail and to see the benefits that a solar farm can bring. We would encourage anyone who can’t attend the community event to visit our website where the plans can be viewed and suggestions for the proposals can be put forward.”

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