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Dublin Airport planning to incorporate new solar farm

By John Mulligan

Dublin Airport has secured planning permission to build a small solar farm that will help power a large reservoir that delivers 500 million litres of water to the airport every year.

The DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, said that the solar arrays will provide as much as 50% of the reservoir's power needs. The array will stretch over 650 sq m, according to planners.

It will be connected directly to the pumping station adjoining the covered reservoir, allowing the electricity it generates to be connected to the airport's internal power network.

"However, it is intended that the electricity generated by the proposed development will contribute to the energy requirements of the reservoir, which provides 500,000 m3 of water per annum to the Dublin Airport campus," according to DAA planners.

They added: "The solar array can provide over 50% of the energy requirement of the reservoir. The solar array is essentially a renewable energy project, and is therefore considered to have environmentally sustainable benefits."

Every year Dublin Airport uses the same amount of water as 200 Olympic-sized pools.

The airport has a large number of infrastructure projects under way, the biggest of which is the €320m (£275m) construction of a new runway and associated works. It has also been upgrading Terminal 1 and is seeking a partner to build what will be one of the country's biggest hotels, which will connect to T2.

Dublin Airport handled almost 28 million passengers last year. This year is likely to be even busier, with new services to the US and Middle East.

Meanwhile, energy firm Energia said that a 95-megawatt wind farm it built in Donegal - the country's biggest - has begun supplying electricity.

The wind farm, at Meenadreen, involved a €145m (£124m) investment.

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