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Belfast International Airport link earns solar firm prestigious award

By John Mulgrew

Published 09/09/2016

Nick Boyle
Nick Boyle

Renewable energy giant Lightsource - headed by Northern Ireland man Nick Boyle - has won a prestigious award for Ireland's first commercial solar farm, in Co Antrim.

Lightsource won the Energy and Environment Innovation Prize at the Sustainable Ireland Awards in Belfast.

The company was nominated for its work on the £5m Crookedstone solar farm in Co Antrim, which was developed in partnership with Belfast International Airport.

The 4.83MW farm was fully funded by Lightsource and was connected directly by private wire into Belfast International Airport.

The solar farm is about a third of a mile from the airport building, which now gets more than a quarter of its power from solar energy.

Lightsource chief executive Nick Boyle said: "We are delighted to win this award for our first project on the island of Ireland."

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