Designed, managed and installed by Belfast-headquartered SALIIS Renewables, Ireland’s largest solar PV system has just been completed at Bombardier’s wing facility on Belfast’s Airport Road West.
The 3.6 megawatt system, featuring 14,000 solar PV panels, is housed on the roof of Bombardier’s 50,000 sq m wing facility and is equivalent to the size of ten football pitches! The system cost approximately £3.5 million and took ten weeks to install.
Working on the highly specialised design of the system from early 2014, Michael Burke, Managing Director of SALIIS Renewables explains the challenges and solutions in creating Ireland’s largest solar PV installation:
Due to the location of the Bombardier site (which is adjacent to Belfast’s George Best City Airport), the height of the building and sheer scale of the project, we designed a number of unique features that were required to prepare the building for the install and to ensure health & safety were paramount at all times.
As the biggest installation in Ireland and the third biggest roof top installation in the UK, the solar PV system at Bombardier is expected to generate 3 million KWhs of electricity annually.