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Landing lower energy costs at Dublin Airport

Working in partnership with the daa

Comprised of daa International and the Group’s International travel retail arm ARI, daa operates both Dublin and Cork Airports. Since 2014 daa has been working in partnership with ESB's Smart Energy Services to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions at Dublin Airport.


The Challenge

As a public sector body daa is under obligation to reduce its energy usage by 30% by 2020.

"In partnership with ESB's Smart Energy Services we are aiming to reduce our energy consumption by 33% by 2020. We want to be leaders in this field and help Ireland meet national obligations in the process”

- Dalton Philips, CEO, daa

The Solution

  • 109.88kW solar PV array comprised of 268 photovoltaic panels covering 650m2 was installed and activated within 2 months.

The Technology

  • Solar photovoltaic panels trap the sun’s energy in semi conductor materials such as silicon, which contain a high concentration of electrons. Light excites the electrons, causing them to move and generate electricity.

The Results

  • 10% Reduction in carbon emissions
  • Energy consumption across two terminals reduced by 42%


ESB’s Smart Energy Services has already delivered projects for more than 300 large businesses across Ireland and the UK. Our customers includes Medite Smartply, the Dublin Airport Authority, ABP and Ardagh Glass amongst many others. We have a launched a €75m fund to help large energy users decarbonise while making energy cost savings.

We work in partnership with large energy users to deliver sustainable solutions that dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. 

Find out how your organisation can benefit from: 

• Unparalleled expertise in the energy sector 

• An international network of technology partners 

• Advanced energy monitoring and analytics 

• Project financing with no up-front investment required

• Innovative energy saving technologies

Our €75 million Smart Energy Services Fund is available to help large energy users. Talk to us today.