NI’s largest rooftop solar array powers up

Kingspan Energy has unveiled what it claims to be the largest rooftop solar array in Northern Ireland. The 1.3MW installation at Kingspan Environmental’s plant at Portadown in County Armagh includes […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Kingspan Energy has unveiled what it claims to be the largest rooftop solar array in Northern Ireland.

The 1.3MW installation at Kingspan Environmental’s plant at Portadown in County Armagh includes more than 4,800 solar panels.

The project is expected to generate 1.1GWh of electricity every year, producing enough electricity to meet 30% of the site’s daytime annual energy demand.

The site includes the company’s head office and manufacturing facility, where it makes water heating panels and other environmental products.

Gilbert McCarthy, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulated Panels said: “There has never been a better time for businesses to benefit from renewable generation that makes the most of an otherwise unused asset – their roofs – especially with the removal of the capital cost barrier from the equation.”

The Kingspan Group aims to achieve Net Zero energy, where they use as much energy as they generate over the course of a year, by 2020.

It has also set a target of sourcing 50% of its energy use from renewables by 2016.