Wastewater treatment works in Wales now powered by 2.5 MW solar panels

The second phase of a 2.5 MW solar project, which will provide energy for utility Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Five Fords wastewater treatment works in Wrexham, has been completed...

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The second phase of a 2.5 MW solar project, which will provide energy for utility Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Five Fords wastewater treatment works in Wrexham, has been completed.

Renewable energy developer Dulas has already installed almost 8,000 PV panels on the Wrexham site during phase one of the project.

As part of the deal, it installed a further 2,100 panels by the end of December.

This project will help Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water meet its 2007 carbon reduction targets of at least 50% by 2032.

Mike Pedley, head of energy at utility Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, said: “It’s no secret that traditional water treatment works are energy intensive operations that provide critical services to local communities, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

“So at Five Fords we are creating an innovative Energy Park that will maximise the sustainability of the plant. With these 10,0000 panels now fully operational, Dulas have delivered one of the key components of that Energy Park vision and it has been good to work with a partner that understood our goals and our culture as a not-for-profit organisation.”

Alistair Marsden, commercial director, Dulas, said: “As UK utility firms come under increasing pressure to optimise energy use, reduce their carbon footprint and comply with increasingly stringent government regulation, it’s apparent that, for many operational sites, it’s no longer business as usual.

“The solar panels Dulas has installed for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, on otherwise commercially redundant land, have been a major step towards enabling the utility company to keep its carbon reduction plan on track.”

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