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In May 2016, Lightsource Renewable Energy finished construction and successfully connected the first ever large-scale ground mounted solar installation in Northern Ireland. 

Sunny times for BIA

The 4.83MW solar farm at Crookedstone Road is connected into Belfast International Airport. Located less than half a mile from the airport’s terminal building, the project is the largest solar energy connection to an airport, providing 27% of the airport’s annual electricity needs. At times of peak generation, the airport has run on solar electricity alone for almost nine hours.

Maximum results, minimum disruption

Crookedstone Solar Farm cost in the region of £5m to build, with significant local input in the construction of the project. The project was delivered with no disruption to operations at the airport. The entire project was funded, installed and operated by Lightsource, with Belfast International Airport buying the clean electricity produced by the solar farm through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Saving money and saving the planet

After the first ten months of operation, Belfast International Airport announced savings of over £100,000, making a major impact on the airport’s cost base. In addition to the money that Belfast International Airport saved from choosing to procure solar power, the development is also improving the airport’s environmental performance.  It is estimated that the energy from the new solar farm has saved 2,100 tonnes of carbon emissions each year – equivalent to taking 469 cars off the road.

 

For more information, see our press release.