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Tapping into Ireland’s solar potential

|27 March 2017|

Ireland

Northern Ireland may not be a corner of the world commonly associated with having huge solar energy potential but a string of new projects indicates there is a bright future for the industry on the Emerald Isle.

Lightsource Renewable Energy is leading this transition to solar. Today it announced the commissioning of a major 32 MW solar development in Antrim. Spread across five sites and linked by a single connection to the grid system, it is Northern Ireland’s biggest solar project to date.

It will contribute to the Northern Ireland Executive‘s target to generate 40% of its power needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Nick Boyle, CEO at Lightsource, said: “We are delighted to complete this landmark project in Antrim.  This is the most significant solar development on the island of Ireland to date.  Domestically generated solar energy has an important role to play in relation to meeting Northern Ireland’s energy needs.

“In addition to being a clean, renewable source of energy, solar is cost effective and can be deployed quickly and efficiently. In a post Brexit environment, it is also good news that we are developing local projects that make Northern Ireland’s energy supply more secure and reduce the need for imported gas and other fossil fuels.  We look forward to announcing further projects in the months ahead and to growing our business in Northern Ireland.”

These new developments make Lightsource’s portfolio the largest connected solar portfolio in Northern Ireland at 44 MW.

 

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Iain Robertson
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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.

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