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First phase of Welsh Water's solar power project completed

Renewable energy company Dulas has completed the first phase of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's largest solar PV project. The development is part of Welsh Water's initiative to reduce carbon emissions by 25%.

Around 8,000 solar panels have been installed at Five Fords WwTWAround 8,000 solar panels have been installed at Five Fords WwTW

The two companies have worked together on Welsh Water's renewable energy plans for its Five Fords Wastewater Treatment Works near Wrexham, which serves more than 90,000 households. Dulas used four Fronius Aglio 460 central inverters, the first installation of its kind to take place in Europe, and installed almost 8,000 JA solar PV panels with an expected annual generation of 1,830MWh and predicted yearly CO2 savings of 1,084 tons.

The second phase of the development will involve the installation of a further 2,000 solar panels, which will generate 0.5MW of energy and should be completed by March of 2016.

Dulas believes Welsh Water’s decision to utilise disused land for the project will be a catalyst for change and encourage more businesses to make the most of commercially redundant sites for similar installations across the UK.

Mike Pedley, Welsh Water’s head of Energy, said: “Our plans to generate our own energy at Five Fords has allowed us to move one step closer to achieving our ambitious energy reduction targets. The process of treating and transporting drinking water and wastewater are extremely energy intensive which is why we set ourselves this challenge to reduce our carbon footprint.“

The solar panels will have an operational life span of 20 years, after which they will either be renewed for future use or the land will be used for agricultural purposes.  

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Energy/Water Nexus , Sustainability & social value
Tags: Dwr Cymru Welsh Water , wastewater treatment , energy , solar power

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