Six solar farms approved since 2013

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Six solar farms have been approved in Northern Ireland since 2013, according to the Planning Minister Mark Durkan.

“Solar farm applications are a relatively new type of application and have only been received by the Department since 2013,” he said.

“Since then nine applications have been submitted, six of which have been approved with a further three currently under consideration by my Department. This information is based on our latest available, provisional, renewable energy information.

“The six approved applications does not necessarily equate to the number of solar farms constructed and operational, as the Department does not hold information on whether the permission has been implemented. The approved solar farms are generally in the order of 10 to 15 hectares in extent with an output of five to six megawatts,” said the Minister.