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Welsh Water takes another step toward being carbon neutral with headquarters solar project

Hundreds of solar panels have been installed on the roof of Welsh Water's headquarters in Cardiff, taking the water company a step closer to its carbon neutral target.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has seen 738 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels added to the roof of its Linea building, which officially became the company’s headquarters in March 2021.

This site is just one of over 50 renewable energy generation sites the company has across Wales, which use a variety of technologies, including hydro generation and anaerobic digestion as well as solar, to help Welsh Water deliver drinking water and clean up wastewater more sustainably.

The solar array at Linea was installed by HBS Group Southern Ltd, who has helped to utilise unused roof space on Welsh Water’s offices and several of its water and wastewater treatment works.

The £320,000 project will generate 237MWh of energy each year, enough electricity to power 65 homes. The new panels will also generate enough energy to power 16% of Linea’s total energy use at its usual maximum capacity and it will save the company £33,000 per year.

Welsh Water’s Head of Energy Efficiency, Ben Burggraaf said: “Projects like our new PV solar array at our company headquarters reduces our carbon emissions. Producing our own renewable to meet our energy demand, is an important component of our carbon reduction strategy and as part of this strategy we are aiming to be fully self-sufficient by 2050. 

“With the huge advances in solar, wind and hydro power across our sites, we're even closer to reaching our goal of meeting all our energy needs in a sustainable way.”

Last year, Welsh Water’s renewable energy generation sites generated 120GWh, which is enough to power 38,500 homes.

The aim for Welsh Water is to reduce their carbon footprint and keep energy costs down to help keep bills low. The not-for-profit water company, which serves more than three million people across Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside and Cheshire, has a target to generate all its own energy at its sites by 2050.

Topic: Sustainability & social value
Tags: energy efficiency , solar , electricity , wastewater , anaerobic digestion , photovoltaic , emissions , wastewater treatment , carbon reduction , Energy Efficiency , water , energy , treatment

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