New Solar PV installation at Cube Building is benefiting from the early summer sunshine.


The Cube office Building on Monaghan Road Cork City is seeing immediate benefits from the recent spell of good weather having earlier this year installed a 22kWp Solar PV rooftop system to generate electricity for consumption within the 100,000 sq. ft. office building.

The landlord, Ardu Capital, working alongside International Solar PV developer Amarenco and Mainline Group has successfully installed the rooftop system which aims to generate all of the electricity required to provide lighting to the communal areas and the underground car park and to run the 3 – 10 person passenger lifts serving the 4 floor building.  Since the beginning of April, the panels have generated power which has resulted in a 4-ton CO2 Emissions reduction.

Ardu Capital acquired the Cube Building in March 2019 and immediately carried out a major upgrading and rebranding programme with a strong emphasis on improving the buildings environmental sustainability features. In addition to installing the PV system the Landlord has also installed a water harvesting system, upgraded the entire glazing profile, added electric car charging points and installed new bicycle racks.

Bobby Sheehan of Ardu Capital commented “Working with Amarenco and Mainline Groups was an enjoyable and educational process and they quickly made me aware of the pros and cons of the various Solar systems available. The PV system was designed and installed to meet the needs of our building. The market for Grade A office space places a strong emphasis on a buildings environmental sustainability rating and we are delighted we are now able to offer occupiers A3 BER rated space thanks to the PV panels and other upgrades carried out”

The Fund which manages a Portfolio of Commercial Properties Nationwide is already in discussions to install Solar PV installations across its entire portfolio.

“We believe the system installed at the Cube office building will become the norm in Ireland as the price of solar panels and all electrical systems reduce as time goes on. The electrical capacity and efficiency of modules are increasing every year and making solar power in Ireland more and more economic. At a time when carbon taxes are only going one way, investments like those at The Cube make real sense” said John Mullins, Executive Chairman of Amarenco

Jamie O’Rourke, Mainline MD commented “Thankfully retro-fitting of Solar Installations like these are becoming more and more cost effective, increasingly making them an important next step on the road to Carbon Neutrality, and credit to Bobby and the team at Ardu Capital for leading by example in this regard.”

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