We're working on sunshine
Energy from the sun is being harnessed to help power more water and sewage treatment works in Devon and Cornwall.
South West Water has installed photovoltaic (PV) cells - solar panels - at another 17 of its operational sites across the region.
This is in addition to the solar panels installed at six sites in December 2011, bringing the total to 23.
The company has placed a set of 261 panels, each measuring 1.58m by 0.81m, at each site. Each set of panels is around the size of one-fifth of a football pitch and has the potential to generate 50 kW of energy - enough to power 50 homes.
The exception is four sites where twice as many panels have the potential to generate 100 kW of energy - enough to power 100 homes.
James Pearce, Project Manager for South West Water's H5O partnership, said: "The solar panels are part of South West Water's drive to reduce its carbon footprint and help combat climate change. The company already operates hydro-electric and biogas plants and a wind turbine, and the new solar panels will help to further develop our renewable energy capability.
"Generating renewable energy for use on South West Water's operational sites reduces electricity costs and will have a positive impact on South West Water's customers' bills into the future."
The solar panels cost in the region of £3 million, funded by South West Water. The power generated by the panels will be used to help power the treatment works. The savings from the reduction in electricity purchased from the national grid and the income from the feed-in tariff will help keep energy costs down at each site.
Notes to editors
The 17 sites with solar panels installed in March 2012 are:
- Uplyme Sewage Treatment Works, Uplyme, near Lyme Regis
- Plymouth Central Sewage Treatment Works, Plymouth *
- Bastreet Water Treatment Works, Launceston
- Northcombe Water Treatment Works, Okehampton *
- Crowndale Sewage Treatment Works, Tavistock
- St Leonards Sewage Treatment Works, Launceston
- St Cleer Water Treatment Works, Liskeard
- Menagwins Sewage Treatment Works, St Austell
- Pynes Water Treatment Works, Exeter
- Allers Water Treatment Works, Tiverton
- Helebridge Sewage Treatment Works, Bude *
- Lee Mill Sewage Treatment Works, Ivybridge
- Hayle Sewage Treatment Works, Hayle
- Brokenbury Sewage Treatment Works, Torquay *
- Tamar Lakes Water Treatment Works, Holsworthy
- Lostwithiel Sewage Treatment Works, Lostwithiel
- Stithians Water Treatment Works, Truro
* Sites capable of generating 100 kW
The six sites with solar panels installed in December 2011 are:
- Buckland Sewage Treatment Works, Newton Abbot
- Countess Wear Sewage Treatment Works, Exeter
- Honiton Sewage Treatment Works, Honiton
- De Lank Water Treatment Works, Bodmin
- Hill Barton Sewage Treatment Works, Okehampton
- Kilbury Sewage Treatment Works, Buckfastleigh
Published: 10 April 2012
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