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01/12/2020 - Additional Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels Added to the County House, Lifford

Donegal County Council has recently installed 32no. photo-voltaic solar panels to the 3rd floor roof area of the County House, it’s main headquarters in Lifford. This is in addition to the 36no. photo-voltaic panels installed in 2019.


“Solar PV converts energy from sunlight into electricity” explains Peadar Espey, Facilities Manager and DCC Energy Team Member with Donegal County Council.


Pictured at the installation of the Photo Voltaic Solar Panels added to County House, Lifford are L to R: Barry Sharkey - North West PV (Contractor), Emmett McCabe - DCC Facilities and Energy Team Member,  Peadar Espey – DCC Facilities Manager and Energy Team Member


“The installation of these additional solar panels is part of our overall drive to achieve energy performance improvements throughout all our premises.  The combined County House solar PV system will generate approximately 16,700 kilo Watt hours (kWh) of electricity per annum.


“When the days are longer and brighter from April to September the installation has the potential to generate over 120 kWh per day” explains Peadar Espey.


This initiative is part of the Councils ongoing drive to improve energy performance throughout its operations and is in line with its ISO 50001 accredited Energy Management System which was first achieved in October 2016 and has been retained following a number of extensive independent audits. “The use of this type renewable energy will assist Donegal County Council in achieving energy efficiency by 50% by 2030 under the national Climate Action Plan 2019” concludes Peadar Espey.



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