Lakeside energy from waste plant gets solar

Solar engineers had to abseil down the roof of an energy from waste plant in Slough to install solar PV panels. The Lakeside plant near Heathrow Terminal 5 can process […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Solar engineers had to abseil down the roof of an energy from waste plant in Slough to install solar PV panels.

The Lakeside plant near Heathrow Terminal 5 can process 410,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste a year, generating 37 megawatts of sustainable power.

The 1,000 solar panels stretched out over its south-facing curved roof will generate 230,500 Kwh of energy and save 137,000 tonnes of carbon a year.

Danny Coulston, Director of Operations at Lakeside which is run by Grundon Waste Management and Viridor said: “Although the Lakeside facility has been running for four years now, we are continuously trying to maximise operating efficiency – particularly the amount of energy we use.

“We were delighted to have it confirmed that even in the UK, a country not well known for its brilliant weather, solar technology performs really well.”

It was a technically tricky challenge for installers BELECTRIC, said the solar firm’s CEO Toddington Harper: “Abseiling and operating on such a steeply curved roof at great height, under a take-off flight path from Heathrow Airport were just some of the distinctive hurdles that we safely overcame to deliver this local project.”