Solar farm of 5.6 MW, Ireland's largest, launched at Eli Lilly plant

Solar farm at the Eli Lilly plant in Cork. Image by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

July 28 (Renewables Now) - Ireland’s single largest solar farm was opened on Monday at a plant of US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co (NYSE:LLY) near Kinsale, County Cork.

The 5.6-MW ground-mounted solar facility was developed in partnership with Enerpower, which designed and built and will operate and maintain the site.

The EUR-5-million (USD 5.9m) array will provide almost 6 GWh towards Lilly’s annual electricity consumption, allowing the company to reduce its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes.

The solar development was supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) via its government funded community grants.

“It was one of 39 projects provided with government grants worth EUR 28 million during 2020 and this type of funding ensures these projects can be completed within shorter timeframes,” SEAI chief executive William Walsh said in a statement today.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.181)

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