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Groundbreaking solar project wins innovation award

©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2016 Pictured at the official opening of Northern Ireland's first Solar Farm, developed by Lightsource Renewable Energy, are Nick Boyle, CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Danny Kinahan, MP and Alan Whiteside, Operations Director, Belfast International Airport. The 4.8Mw Solar Farm at Crookedstone Road in Antrim is providing green energy directly to Belfast International Airport. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press

|9 September 2016|


Crookedstone Solar Farm – Ireland’s first full scale commercial, ground based, solar farm – was awarded the innovation prize at the Sustainable Ireland Awards.

A £5 million collaboration between Lightsource Renewable Energy and Belfast International Airport, it is the largest solar energy connection to an Airport in the UK or Ireland.

Nick Boyle, CEO at Lightsource, said: “We are delighted to win this award for our first project on the island of Ireland.  We are particularly happy for Belfast International airport, with whom we have partnered to develop Crookedstone Solar Farm.  The team at Belfast have been truly innovative in their approach to adopting solar technology.  I am glad that they are already seeing the benefits of a new world of electricity supply, where energy intensive businesses, such as Belfast Airport, can fix electricity pricing for the long-term.”

Belfast Airport’s energy costs – around £1.5 annually – have already been slashed by 23% a month since the solar farm became operational.


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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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