Solar PV to supply Anglian Water recycling site
Anglian Water has finished installing its largest solar array across its operational sites, with a new 900 kWp installation at a water recycling centre in Jaywick, Essex that should generate 36% of the site’s energy needs.
Working with renewable energy company HBS, the solar installation comprises more than 3,300 solar panels.
David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality at Anglian Water comments: ‘As a large low-lying region, it takes a huge amount of energy to pump and recycle water to put back into the environment. As one of the largest energy consumer and emitters in the region, we have an important responsibility to reduce our operational carbon emissions. We can achieve this by generating our own renewable energy and we aim to generate 44% of the electricity we need from renewable sources by 2025.’
Anglian says it has already made huge strides towards becoming a net zero carbon business – since 2010 the company has made a 29% reduction in operational carbon.
Earlier this year the water industry came together to sign a Public Interest Commitment, a pledge to continue to deliver wider benefits to society above and beyond the provision of clean, fresh drinking water and treatment of used water. One of the commitments was for the industry to be net zero carbon by 2030, some 20 years ahead of the government’s current target.