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Solar farm powering airport opens

By Staff Reporter

Published 03/06/2016

Northern Ireland’s first solar farm has been opened at Crookedstone Farm near Belfast International
Northern Ireland’s first solar farm has been opened at Crookedstone Farm near Belfast International

Northern Ireland's first solar farm has been unveiled close to Belfast International Airport.

Crookedstone Solar Farm has been built under a 25-year power-purchase agreement with Belfast International and is the biggest solar project to connect to a UK airport. The farm is set to meet 27% of the airport's annual electricity demand.

It was launched as Department for the Economy figures showed that 25.4% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was from renewable sources over the last year - an increase of 5.5 percentage points. And 90% of the renewable energy was from wind, 8% from landfill and biogas, 1% from biomass - and just 1% from 'other', a classification which includes combined heat and power, tidal, hydro and photovoltaic.

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