Pharmaceutical giant MSD has opened Ireland’s largest self-generation solar project to power its Ballydine facility in Co Tipperary directly.
he solar development at Ballydine is Ireland’s largest ‘behind the meter’ or self-generated solar project, meaning all energy generated is consumed by MSD on site.
The approximately 7.9 GWh of clean energy in the first year is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 5,000 households. The system consists of 11,070 PV modules arranged in tables on the site.
Industry sources state that a project of this magnitude would cost over 5 million euros. ESB’s Smart Energy Services provided the upfront capital to build, operate and maintain the solar PV system, while MSD will pay for the generated electricity through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) over the next 20 years.
The 7.3MW ground-mounted solar PV system means an estimated 20 percent of the pharmaceutical factory’s energy needs come from renewable sources, helping to meet targets to reduce the group’s carbon footprint and lower bills. MSD said last year that it plans to be carbon neutral across its operations by 2025.
Mairéad McCaul, head of MSD Ireland’s Country Leadership Team, said the group was planning further sustainability efforts.
“We see environmental protection and sustainability as important pillars of our actions. Our business, both globally and across Ireland, is fully committed to improving our sustainability and environmental performance in line with global manufacturing aspirations, whilst continually challenging ourselves to be more and better.”
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