Wastewater treatment facility goes solar

A wastewater treatment site in Fleetwood, Lancashire has installed a £1.5 million solar panel array. The project contracted by water company United Utilities saw the completion of a 1.32 MW […]

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By Taryn Nixon

A wastewater treatment site in Fleetwood, Lancashire has installed a £1.5 million solar panel array.

The project contracted by water company United Utilities saw the completion of a 1.32 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Fleetwood Water Treatment Works (WTW). It spans the roofs of four of its commercial buildings which is roughly the size of one and half football pitches.

The new panels system will generate more than 1M kWh per year to be used directly by the site.

It follows a similar project at Lostock Water Treatment Works last year where a 160 kWh solar power system was installed.

Neil Carroll, Energy Manager at United Utilities, said: “Our treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy and after piloting solar power at our site in Lostock, we’ve begun to roll out solar installations across other plants to help us meet our target of halving our 2006 carbon emissions levels by 2035.”