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Anglian Water completes solar energy project

Anglian Water has completed installing its largest solar array across their operational sites at a water recycling centre in Jaywick, Essex.

The utility firm has been working with renewable energy company HBS to install the array, which is made of 3,312 solar panels.

At its peak, the site is capable of generating nearly 900 kWp, which is enough energy to power 200 homes. 

It will generate 36 per cent of the site's energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions by over 300 tonnes in the first year. 

"We supply over seven million customers across the East of England with water and water recycling services and the population continues to grow rapidly - in fact this region is one of the fastest growing in the UK and one that is at risk from climate change,” said Anglian Water’s head of carbon neutrality, David Riley.

Our challenge is to address this increasing demand for services sustainably, and it's that challenge which underpins our ambitious renewable energy strategy. 

"As a large low-lying region, it takes a huge amount of energy to pump and recycle water to put back into the environment. As one of the largest energy consumer and emitters in the region, we have an important responsibility to reduce our operational carbon emissions. We can achieve this by generating our own renewable energy and we aim to generate 44 per cent of the electricity we need from renewable sources by 2025." 

Anglian Water has already made huge strides towards becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.

Since 2010 the company has made a 58 per cent reduction in capital carbon a 29 per cent reduction in operational carbon. 

"Our commitment to achieve zero net carbon by 2030 across the water industry signals a significant increase in the momentum, technology and innovation required to tackle such a big challenge,” added Riley.

“Using more sustainable sources of energy to power our operations will form a large part of this work and help us on our journey to being a carbon neutral business." 

 

Author: Jamie Hailstone,
Topic: Innovation , Policy & Regulation , Sustainability & social value
Tags: Anglian Water , renewables

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