Beacon Renewable Energy Ltd (Beacon) has installed cutting edge Calyxo 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 photovoltaic (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.
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.