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Big employers 'will switch to solar power'

Published 19/07/2016

Head of Light Source Energy Nick Boyle in Belfast Citt Centre.
Head of Light Source Energy Nick Boyle in Belfast Citt Centre.

Renewable energy giant Lightsource has plans to build solar parks for some of Northern Ireland's biggest employers, its boss Nick Boyle has said.

Mr Boyle told the Belfast Telegraph that it hoped to enter into arrangements with at least two major firms here in coming months. Earlier this year, the company opened Crookedstone Farm, a solar park built with Belfast International Airport to meet around 30% of its electricity needs. Mr Boyle, who is from Lisburn and now lives in Saintfield, set up Lightsource Renewable Energy six years ago.

The London-based firm now employs around 300 people. And while Northern Ireland isn't famed for its sunny climate, Mr Boyle said solar panels required daylight rather than the sun.

Belfast Telegraph

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