The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, today opened the single largest Solar Farm in the Republic of Ireland. Developed in a joint venture by Eli Lilly and Company and Enerpower, the 16-acre facility will help power a significant proportion of the Lilly plant at its Dunderrow site (near Kinsale) with sustainable energy.
The ground-mounted Solar Farm will produce up to 5.6MW of power allowing Lilly to reduce its annual use of electricity from carbon sources by almost 6GWH and its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes. Comprised of 12,600 individual solar panels and costing €5m the development was a joint investment between Lilly and Enerpower, with Enerpower receiving support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Lilly already uses a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant that efficiently produces approximately 45% of the site’s electricity. By adding the power generated by the solar farm the quantity of electricity it needs will be further reduced by approximately 65% at peak solar output.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “The Lilly name has long been synonymous with Cork and Ireland, having had a presence here for four decades. They have invested substantially in their Cork operations over those decades as they evolved their operations and in the process have become a substantial and important employer in the region. With the opening of their new solar farm and extension to their biotech facility they are again demonstrating their ongoing commitment to Cork and to Ireland. This solar farm, the largest in Ireland, developed in partnership with Enerpower, sees them lead by example in reducing their electricity use from carbon to more sustainable sources. The expansion of the biotech facility, with the potential to create further jobs on this site is most welcome and reinforces Lilly’s commitment to innovation. I wish Lilly every success with both of these projects.”
“Lilly is delighted to partner with Enerpower on this state-of-the-art solar facility and acknowledge the support of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to help bring this project to fruition,” said David A. Ricks, Lilly’s chairman and CEO. The event today also saw the official opening of an expansion to an existing large-scale biotechnology manufacturing facility at the Lilly Kinsale campus.
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Lilly operations in Ireland are primarily based in County Cork, with a state-of-the-art manufacturing campus in Kinsale and a Global Business Solutions Centre in Little Island. The company also has a sales and marketing team dispersed throughout the country. Lilly has a workforce of about 2,500 people in total, across all its operations in Ireland. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at lilly.ie