Second phase of Welsh Water's Five Fords WwTW solar project completed
Renewable energy developer Dulas has completed work on the second phase of a 2.5MW solar project that will provide energy for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's Five Fords wastewater treatment works in Wrexham. Dulas has already installed almost 8,000 PV panels on the Wrexham site during phase one of the project and, as part of the deal, installed a further 2,100 panels by the end of December.
This project will help Welsh Water meet its 2007 carbon reduction targets of at least 50% by 2032, and paves the way for other large-scale utilities to make use of available land for future renewable energy projects.
The site chosen for the Five Fords project was poor quality land that offered no further commercial benefits, but nevertheless proved ideal for solar installation, said Dulas. As a direct result, Dulas has enabled Welsh Water to make use of the land and reduce the energy footprint of the wastewater treatment site, installing a total of almost 10,000 solar panels and delivering 2.5MW of clean energy to the utility.
“As UK utility firms come under increasing pressure to optimise energy use, reduce their carbon footprint and comply with increasingly stringent government regulation, it’s apparent that, for many operational sites, it’s no longer business as usual,” said Alistair Marsden, commercial director at Dulas. “The solar panels Dulas has installed for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, on otherwise commercially redundant land, have been a major step towards enabling the utility company to keep its carbon reduction plan on track.”
Mike Pedley, head of energy at Welsh Water said: “It’s no secret that traditional water treatment works are energy intensive operations that provide critical services to local communities, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So at Five Fords we are creating an innovative Energy Park that will maximise the sustainability of the plant. Working with Dulas, we’ve not only got a reliable, cost effective low carbon reduction solution, but also improved energy resilience at this critical works.”
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