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Taoiseach Opens Ireland’s Largest Solar Farm

By District Energy posted 07-27-2021 11:41


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The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, yesterday opened the single largest Solar Farm in the Republic of Ireland. Developed in a joint venture by Eli Lilly and Company and Enerpower, the 16-acre facility will help power a significant proportion of the Lilly plant at its Dunderrow site (near Kinsale) with sustainable energy. 

The ground-mounted Solar Farm will produce up to 5.6MW of power allowing Lilly to reduce its annual use of electricity from carbon sources by almost 6GWH and its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes. Comprised of 12,600 individual solar panels and costing €5m the development was a joint investment between Lilly and Enerpower, with Enerpower receiving support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Lilly already uses a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant that efficiently produces approximately 45% of the site’s electricity. By adding the power generated by the solar farm the quantity of electricity it needs will be further reduced by approximately 65% at peak solar output. 

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