Belfast Telegraph

£7m solar farm will save NI Water £500k per year

By Emma Deighan

NI Water has invested £7m and created 30 construction jobs as it begins work on a new solar farm off Lough Neagh.

The farm will supply electricity to its Dunore Water Treatment Works in south Antrim and, when completed, it is expected to save the firm £0.5m annually.

NI Water is the province's largest user of electricity and Dunore is its third largest site when it comes to the consumption of energy.

Chief executive Sara Venning said: "As the largest user of electricity in Northern Ireland, we are committed to limiting our impact on the environment.

"NI Water expects to increase our electricity consumption from renewable sources from currently around 13% to 40% in 2020/21.

"This project will make a significant contribution towards our ability to achieve that stretching goal."

And 30 workers from Graham Construction firm will work on the job, due to finish by March next year. In three years NI Water has reduced its annual expenditure on electricity by £5m.

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