Bombardier installs £3.5m solar array

Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier has installed a £3.5 million solar array in Belfast. The installation at its wing manufacturing and assembly facility includes 14,000 solar panels with a capacity of […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier has installed a £3.5 million solar array in Belfast.

The installation at its wing manufacturing and assembly facility includes 14,000 solar panels with a capacity of 3,000MW.

It is the biggest rooftop solar array in Ireland, the company claims.

Bombardier aims to generate 70% of its power from renewable sources within three years as part of an energy programme to reduce costs and use of fossil fuels.

Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services Belfast said: “Such a large expansion of roof has provided a number of opportunities to boost our wing facility’s environmental performance, including natural lighting and rainwater harvesting but undoubtedly, the most beneficial has been this recent solar installation, which we expect to provide around 25% of the building’s energy.”