Renewable energy ‘vital’ to local economy

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Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said renewable energy is vital to the local economy. murphy ETI Committee visit rooftop SA PMcG FS CM GDThe Newry representative made the comments following a visit with other members of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment to the Kingspan Environmental headquarters in Portadown last week. Murphy said such trips were important to ensure the committee had the best possible grasp of the renewable sector. “We were briefed on the enormous global success of the homegrown company by Charles Burns, Business Unit Director, and Mel Courtney, Director, Kingspan ESB,” he said. “Kingspan Environmental exports all over the globe, operating sales in 85 countries and employing around 350 people in its Portadown headquarters alone. “We were also briefed by Fergus Sharkey, General Manager, Kingspan ESB, on the very successful joint venture between Kingspan and ESB which specialises in rooftop solar PV systems and were taken on a tour of their production floor and even taken up to the roof to view the vast solar paneling operation they have up there. “Visits like this are important to help inform the Committee in its role in scrutinising DETI business and renewables policy and in its understanding of the important contribution of the renewables sector to the local economy,” Murphy added.
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