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NI Water goes solar

NI Water goes solar 14 May 2018

NI Water goes green with solar farm to cut power bill and carbon footprint (via Belfast Telegraph)

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By Michelle Weir

The green power station is located on a 33–acre site on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh, close to Belfast International Airport.

The utility is Northern Ireland’s heaviest user of electricity and Dunore is its third largest site in terms of energy consumption, accounting for 7% of the company’s annual usage.

The new facility is expected to save it more than £0.5m annually in energy costs.

NI Water said that the flagship project – which uses 24,000 solar panels – has “dramatically reduced its carbon footprint”.

Commenting on the completion of the project, CEO Sara Venning said: “As the largest user of electricity in Northern Ireland, we are committed to finding innovative renewable energy projects to reduce our expenditure on power, which has already tumbled by £5m over the last three years.

“The Dunore solar farm is a major step toward reaching our goal of increasing electricity consumption from renewable sources from the current 13% to 40% by 2021.

“As a company, we operate nearly £3bn worth of assets, all working to provide 570 million litres of clean drinking water and recycling 340 million litres of used water safely back to the environment.

“Our commitment is to ensure we operate as efficiently and cleanly as possible, safeguarding our environment for future generations.”

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