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Scottish Water installs PV at Fife reservoir

Scottish Water has fitted almost 1,000 solar PV panels at its Finmont Service Reservoir in Fife, as part of its pledge to reach net-zero by 2040.

The carbon-reducing technology – which works by converting light into electricity using semi conducting materials – will offset a quarter of the electricity needed to operate the facility.

Scottish Water Horizons, the firm’s commercial subsidiary, invested £325k installing 944 PV panels at the site which, along with Whitehill Service Reservoir 200m to the north of Finmont Service Reservoir, provides the main storage facility for the central Fife distribution system.

The new 297kW solar PV system has now gone live. It is set to generate 0.25GWh of energy every year – enough to power around 75 homes and save 73 CO2 equivalent tonnes of carbon per annum.

Renewable energy experts FES Support Services delivered the project at the service reservoir located at Finmont Farm in Kinglassie. Staff fitted the state-of-the-art technology during the ongoing Covid lockdown while adhering to strict guidance set out by the Scottish Government.

The team was forced to delay its start back on site for two weeks to allow Oyster Catcher chicks to hatch in a nest which had been built during the initial phase of lockdown when all works were halted. The team waited until all three chicks had left the nest before restarting the project.

Scottish Water Horizons senior project manager Eddie Johnstone said: “This is the latest solar power scheme which we have delivered to encourage growth and investment in renewable technologies.

“These carbon-reducing solar schemes demonstrate Scottish Water’s drive to tackle climate change and become a zero-carbon user of electricity.

“The energy needed to provide customers with essential water and wastewater services makes Scottish Water the largest single user of electricity in the country. We are committed to finding alternative ways to develop and accelerate green energy schemes to reduce that carbon footprint.”

Topic: Sustainability & social value
Tags: climate change , CO2 , Scottish Water , solar power , energy , technology

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