United Utilities has started work on a £3.5M floating solar power system on the Godley reservoir at Hyde in Greater Manchester.
The project will cover 45,500 square metres and consist of 12,000 panels. It’s hoped that the 12-week installation process will be finished by Christmas, when the system will be in full operation. It’s expected to provide 2.7GWh per year of renewable energy to be used directly by the site. The contractor is Forrest and the system supplier is Floating Solar UK.
United Utilities head of renewable energy Chris Stubbs said: “We have a target to generate 35% of our power requirements by 2020 and this project will make a significant contribution to that aim.
“As part of United Utilities’ energy strategy to generate more power we identified the Godley reservoir as a suitable site to install a floating solar array to provide the water treatment works with approximately 33 per cent of its energy requirements.
“While floating solar has been deployed elsewhere around the world, most notably in Japan, it is a new technology to the UK. Installations such as the Godley solar scheme will help us to keep energy costs and water customers’ bills low.”