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Tackling Climate Change

As we transition to a net-zero future, reducing the impacts of climate change both locally and globally, RES' priority is to deliver clean, green electricity at the lowest cost for consumers.  Analysis on electricity generation costs published by BEIS1 shows that large-scale solar, alongside onshore wind, are now the cheapest forms of electricity generation.  This makes developments like Magheralin Solar Farm not just good for the environment but also for the consumer.

Magheralin Solar Farm would be capable of producing up to 29.9MW of clean, low-cost renewable electricity making a positive contribution to Northern Ireland’s Climate Bill which has a target to meet at least 80% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2030.

The Environment

Solar farms have significant potential to enhance biodiversity, hosting a range of habitats including wildflower meadows, hedgerows, nectar-rich areas for pollinators, and woodland. A typical solar farm uses around just 5% of the total site area with the rest of the land remaining undisturbed, creating significant opportunities to provide a range of ecological benefits.

Benefiting the Local Community

RES seeks to be a power for good in the communities that neighbour its projects by working openly and constructively to ensure meaningful local benefits.

RES is committed to ensuring that, wherever possible, local contractors and employees are used in all aspects of solar farm development. The major opportunities arise during the construction phase when suitably qualified local firms are often invited to bid for different aspects of construction.  We encourage our contractors to source construction materials locally and to use local transport and plant hire companies where possible, in addition to local services and amenities. 

We also believe that solar farms should provide direct, lasting benefits to local communities. RES takes a tailored approach and works directly with the community to understand how the solar farm could support the local area and help to secure long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.


1 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6556027d046ed400148b99fe/electricity-generation-costs-2023.pdf