United Kingdom

Hillside solar

Key numbers


(Megawatt hours) renewable energy supplied per year


homes powered per year (equivalent)


acres of land


tonnes of carbon emissions saved


cars taken off the road per year (equivalent)

Current status

Site selection

Preliminary assessment and site design

Planning application

Discharge of planning conditions



6.55MWdc at Lough Road, Upper Ballinderry, Antrim

Hillside solar project is a 6.55MWdc solar project located in Upper Ballinderry, Northern Ireland. The site became fully operational in March 2017.

The Hillside solar project offers more than a low-carbon renewable source of energy, the site also provides biodiversity benefits to the local ecosystem. Hillside was designed to integrate into the local surroundings and boost biodiversity, Lightsource bp has experience in designing effective initiatives to increase local biodiversity. Grasslands were sown across the site, helping increase ecosystem resilience. The Hillside solar project site was designed to accommodate grazing for small livestock such as sheep and chickens, providing dual-land use and allowing the land to continue its agricultural use.

We hosted a community consultation for the project to gather feedback from residents. Community consultation is an important part of the development process as it provides an opportunity to engage with local communities, allowing us to provide additional information and residents an opportunity to offer any suggestions.

Information & resources

During the development process, we put together the following information for the local community and planning committee

*All statistics detailed on this page and in our downloadable documents are accurate at the time of publication and may have changed during the development process.

Lightsource bp has now sold this site to Blackrock.

Get in touch

We are always on hand to assist with any enquiries. You can contact us via email or phone our customer services team.

info@lightsourcebp.com 03332000755

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