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Bristol Water builds major solar project for free

Bristol Water has built a solar power system at no cost to the water company itself at one of its treatment works, under the government’s Feed-in-Tariff (Fit) scheme.

Under the Fit scheme, contractor Solaris built the project and will receive a Fit subsidy from the government accordingly. Bristol Water did not pay for any design, construction, equipment or electrical engineering work.

“It’s good for business, and it’s good for the environment,” said Bristol Water environment manager Patric Bulmer.

Bristol Water claimed its solar power system was the UK water industry’s fourth largest. The system has a total output of 297kW. The system was approved by Western Power Distribution for connection to the grid and will provide energy to the treatment works throughout the next 25 years.

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