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Ireland’s largest roof-mounted solar power project at Butlers Chocolates

20 November 2016

Butlers Chocolates and Gaelectric have announced the largest solar energy installation in the Republic of Ireland at the Butlers Chocolates headquarters in Clonshaugh Business Park in Dublin. 

The installation covers approximately 2,850 square meters of the roof area of the Butlers Chocolates factory with a 420kWp photovoltaic (PV) solar array that which will generate over 350,000 kWh of electricity using over 1,500 individual PV panels.
 
The installation has been designed and will be installed by Gaelectric. The installation is expected to meet approximately 14% of the base load electricity requirement of the factory and will save the equivalent of around 195 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum. The installation should be up and running by the spring of 2017.
 
Commenting on the project Aisling Walsh, marketing director at Butlers Chocolates, said: “We are committed to the sustainable production of chocolates. We source ethically from around the world and are continuously working to reduce the impacts of our manufacturing and distribution systems on the environment. We are also a member of the An Bord Bia Origin Green sustainability programme and have signed the ‘Origin Green Charter’ and have committed to sustainability objectives that are independently verified.  This solar energy installation increases the use of renewable power in our manufacturing process and improves the sustainability of Butlers Chocolates.”
 
Joe O’Carroll, managing director of Gaelectric Solar Energy, said: “With this solar installation, Butlers Chocolates are taking a leading position in the Irish food industry, showing how increasing sustainability in a manufacturing process makes both commercial and operational sense. As solar PV technology has improved and reduced in price, PV technology is now a viable commercial option for a wide range of businesses that have both an onsite electricity requirement and available real estate (roof or ground) on which to mount PV solar installations.”


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