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Dublin Airport unveils solar farm

It is part of an agreement between daa and energy company ESB to reduce energy consumption by a third by 2020.


ESB chief executive, Pat O'Doherty, and daa chief executive, Dalton Philips, at the solar farm
ESB chief executive, Pat O'Doherty, and daa chief executive, Dalton Philips, at the solar farm

More than half of the power needed to operate Dublin Airport’s reservoir will be provided by solar, following the installation of 268 solar panels. It is part of an agreement between operator daa and energy company ESB to achieve an overall target of 33 per cent reduction in energy consumption at the airport by 2020.


The solar panels are connected directly to the airport’s reservoir system which provides 500 million litres of water -- the equivalent of 200 Olympic sized swimming pools -- to both passenger terminals, as well as servicing all the offices and businesses on the airport campus.


daa chief executive, Dalton Philips, said the company is working closely with ESB to identify opportunities to use low carbon technologies to improve energy performance at the airport. “We want to be leaders in this area and help Ireland meet its national obligations in the process,” said Philips.


Dublin Airport is already Airport Carbon Accredited, as part of a Europe-wide airport carbon management certification programme that covers more than half of European air passenger traffic.


“Over the past three years Dublin Airport succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 5,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to a 10 per cent reduction in carbon emissions under its control,” according to Philips.


“We are looking forward to building on this performance and making even more energy savings that will also benefit the travelling public through sustainable environmental performance and annual cost savings.”


ESB is leading Ireland’s transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy. Its Smart Energy Services business line helps large customers lower their carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency while deliver savings on their energy costs.


The consultancy provides capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses which are large users of energy.


ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty said: “Over the last two years, ESB’s Smart Energy Services has gained considerable interest from companies such as daa with high energy demand and is set to deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020.


“This fits entirely with ESB’s wider purpose of creating a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, delivering on our reputation as a responsible, committed and trusted leader.”


Dublin Airport supports and facilitates more than 119,200 jobs in the Republic of Ireland and contributes in the region of €8.3 billion to the Irish economy.


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