August 7 (Renewables Now) - Belfast-based farmer-owned dairy cooperative Dale Farm Ltd announced last week it has switched on a 37-acre (15 ha) solar park at its cheese processing facility in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
Dale Farm said in a statement that this is the largest “self-consumption” solar farm on the island of Ireland and is hooked directly to the company’s network.
The project was executed by CES Energy. According to a previous announcement by the Dublin-based energy company, the plant in Cookstown comprises more than 18,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules and has a total capacity of 5 MW.
Dale Farm estimates that the new solar power facility will lower its carbon footprint by 20% and deliver multimillion-pound savings in energy costs. The project guarantees 20 years of green energy for the company.