In January 2018, JBM secured planning permission for a 50MW 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. It is JBM’s intention to bid for capacity in the Irish Government’s upcoming Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS).
The decision to grant permission is in line with national and county-level planning policies that seek to promote renewable energy technologies. The project has undergone a thorough assessment during the local planning process with significant consultation with the local authority, statutory bodies and local residents.
Ballymacarney Solar will make a small but meaningful contribution to Ireland meeting its legally binding CO2 reduction targets, thereby 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 ahead of the start of construction.
Ballymacarney Solar is expected to provide enough renewable energy to power more than 13,000 homes and once built, will help avoid more than 27,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.