Belfast International Airport has recently become a ‘green’ project leader in the aviation sector. By working with Lightsource, a leading solar energy company, it has switched to solar power for much of its energy requirements. No other airport from the UK or Republic of Ireland or has switched so dramatically or given such concrete commitment to renewable energy.
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This unprecedented switch to cleaner electricity helps the airport attain key renewables’ goals whilst at the same time achieving impressive reductions in overheads. The appreciable savings delivered from solar power will be reinvested in the business as we continue on a path of airline expansion and passenger growth.
Alan Whiteside, Operations Director at Belfast International Airport, said of the project:
"As a business we are committed towards sustainability, and being able to procure solar electricity is a huge benefit, not only towards lowering our carbon footprint but reducing our operating costs and providing pricing certainty for the future. We need certainty of supply, capability of supply but it also has to be the right price and Lightsource demonstrates they are the right long-term partner for us.
“We were delighted that even on the first day of connection, the solar farm generated more power than we needed, and the airport ran for 9 hours on just solar power alone."