Northern Ireland’s Parliament Installs Photovoltaics

October 27, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

Stormont Parliament Buildings The capitol of Northern Ireland – the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast – has installed solar panels that are designed to cut operational costs and create green energy.

Business Green says that more than 400 Calyxo panels – both super thin and standard – are being used. The deployment is customized for the cloudy and low light conditions typical in the country. The photovoltaics are providing 400 MWh of energy annually. That will save £9,000 (about $12,600) annually.

Solar energy is a challenge in a country with Northern Ireleand’s climate, but one that is being taken up. The Belfast Telegraph reports on Solmatix Renewables, a renewables company that provides solar and other renewable and energy-efficient  services. The company recently was acquired by the Harvey Group. The move, according to the story, will enable expansion into the UK and Irish markets.

The story says that Solmatix operates in the commercial, agricultural, domestic and “volume housing” sectors. It offers biomass boilers, solar photovoltaics, solar water heating, air-source heat pumps and EU-standard mounting systems, the story says.

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