Lightsource commissions 32-MW solar park in N Ireland
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Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Ltd said Monday it has put on stream the 32-MW Antrim solar park in Northern Ireland.
The photovoltaic (PV) complex in County Antrim consists of five separate sites, hooked up to the power grid by a single link. Each of the plants has a capacity of between 5 MW and 10 MW. According to the developer’s calculations, the park is expected to generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 households and save about 18,140 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
Lightsource currently owns 44 MW of grid-connected solar parks in Northern Ireland, including a 6-MW plant at Millar Farm, Antrim, and a 4.83-MWp system tied to the private network of Belfast International Airport in Antrim. The company is working on more projects that are to be completed soon, it said.
Northern Ireland’s goal is to meet 40% of its electricity demand from renewable energy sources by 2020.
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