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Planning approval received for £6m solar farm

Environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for Northern Ireland’s second large-scale solar farm located near Antrim.

Located in Crumlin, the proposed development by Lightsource Renewable Energy is in excess of 30 acres in size.

It will be capable of generating a total of 6.5MW of electricity, enough to power nearly 1,650 homes during its proposed 30-year life span.

This development represents an investment of over £6m in the area.

Mr Durkan said: “This is good news for renewable energy in Antrim. This type of development helps sustain our environment through the use of renewable energy. These new more sustainable technologies will contribute to key Programme for Government targets for increasing renewable energy.

“This application was turned around in under four months which demonstrates my commitment to improving service delivery and supporting the green economy.”

DOE Planning consulted Antrim Borough Council on 26 June 2014 who raised no objections to the proposal.

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