|9 September 2016|

Ireland

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.