In January 2018, JBM secured planning permission for a 54MW project at Ballymacarney. Located in Meath on the border with Dublin and spread across approximately 200 acres, the project is ideally placed to provide power to nearby industrial and corporate energy users.
The decision to grant permission is in line with national and county-level planning policies that seek to promote renewable energy and decarbonise the economy. The project was thoroughly assessed during the planning process, involving significant consultation with the local authority, statutory bodies and nearby local residents.
Ballymacarney Solar will make a small but meaningful contribution to Ireland’s legally binding CO2 reduction targets, helping the country avoid potentially significant EU fines beyond 2020. At the local level, the project will make a €430,000 development contribution to the local authority prior to construction.
Ballymacarney Solar is expected to provide enough renewable energy to power more than 11,000 homes and once built, will help avoid more than 23,500 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
Ballymacarney Solar is part of a 320MW portfolio of solar projects developed by JBM and subsequently sold to Statkraft in November 2019. As part of a larger scheme of networked projects, Ballymacarney was recently awarded a contract in the Irish government’s Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), paving the way for construction in 2021.