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Scottish Water installs ground-mounted solar at Glassford reservoir

Scottish Water has installed 532 ground-mounted solar panels at its service reservoir in Glassford, following a £185,000 investment from its commercial subsidiary Scottish Water Horizons.

The carbon-reducing technology will offset 20% of the electricity required to operate the facility, with the new solar PV system generating 0.174GWh of energy on an annual basis.

Scottish Water Horizons project manager Ian Piggott led the project delivery. He said: “PV power is instrumental in helping tackle climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. Despite the challenging climate we currently find ourselves in we are delighted that this project, which was delivered by renewable energy solutions specialists Absolute Solar and Wind on behalf of Scottish Water Horizons, has been completed.

“A host of Covid-19 compliant measures were implemented to make that possible. Project workers followed social distancing rules throughout, their use of welfare facilities was staggered, and a rigorous on-site cleaning regime helped make working conditions safer.”

Glassford joins a long list of PV schemes already installed at many treatment works and other Scottish Water assets across Scotland. To date, 8.3MW of PV power has been installed at around 45 sites, generating 6.6GWh of renewable energy every year.

Scottish Water has committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 with an interim target to host or self-generate three times its annual electricity consumption by 2030. 

Currently more than 70 of Scottish Water’s water and wastewater treatment works are either self-sufficient or partly sufficient in their power requirements.

Topic: Sustainability & social value
Tags: climate change , solar , emissions , Scottish Water , technology


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