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Parliament Buildings in Belfast with Calyxo modules

Photovoltaic System on the Roof Top of Parliament Buildings in Belfast

  • invisible PV Installation on the roof-top
  • thinnest solar panels on the market

TWO Companies ONE Target. Beacon Renewable Energy and German Thin Film Solar Module Producer Calyxo GmbH install Photovoltaic Power with zero CO2 emissions on the Roof Top of Parliament Buildings in Belfast.

Beacon Renewable Energy Ltd (Beacon) has installed cutting edge thin film solar modules at Parliament Buildings. The panels were selected as they best suited the Northern Ireland climate and the fabric requirements of the building, working more efficiently than other photo-voltaic (PV) panels in low light and cloud. An added key consideration for the provider was to provide a solar solution that was not visible from the ground, ensuring that the iconic appearance of Parliament Buildings was not altered in any way.

339 thin film module solar panels, along with 71 additional standard PV panels, were installed at Parliament Buildings by Beacon, between April and July this year.

As a result, Parliament Buildings is now able to benefit from the generation of 40,000 KW/hr of energy on an annual basis, equating to financial savings of around £9,000 per year.

Peter McFetridge, manager of Beacon, commented: “These are one of the thinnest solar panels on the market and remain completely unseen at Parliament Buildings unless someone is on the roof or above the building.

“We took part in a tendering process to win this business and working with our German partners, Calyxo, which produces the thin module solar panels, we have been able to provide Parliament Buildings with a unique solution which is sympathetic to the requirements of the building.

“Calyxo thin-film solar modules pay for themselves in a short amount of time with their high degree of efficiency. Calyxo develop their solar modules with the lowest energy investment and smallest carbon footprints compared to similar products of other manufacturers – thus securing quality of life for generations. They can be used either completely flat on the roof or as the finished façade of a building.

Trevor Reaney, Clerk/Chief Executive of The Northern Ireland Assembly said: "We were pleased to work on this important aspect of the project to repair and refurbish the roof of Parliament Buildings. As a Grade B+ listed building, it is important to do all we can to protect Parliament Buildings now and into the future. The Northern Ireland Assembly is committed to being an exemplar organization in respect of Sustainable Development. With this in mind, the Assembly has an overarching Sustainable Development Strategy for the NI Assembly Commission and strives to continue to reduce its environmental impact. "

Beacon was established in 2012 and specializes in the design, installation and commissioning of renewable energy systems for commercial and agricultural premises as well as homes. With more than 12 years’ experience in the field, the team has worked on other key solar energy projects across Northern Ireland, including Loughry College, Cookstown, JF McKenna in Armagh and McKee’s Butchers of Maghera.

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