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Solar farm powering airport opens

By Staff Reporter

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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