Absolute solar success for Scottish Water

Scottish Water’s largest solar scheme to date

Solar Success

Climate Week 2017 is underway and Scottish Water announced the completion of the utility’s solar panel scheme. To date, this is the largest in the heart of Scotch whisky country.
Absolute Solar and Wind are working with Scottish Water on many projects to improve its provision of renewable energy. Also, to help maintain Scottish Water’s place as one of the best value providers of water in the UK.
Scottish Water Horizons is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Water. They are driving forward the organisation’s green agenda by installing photovoltaic (PV) panels. A total of 4800 photovoltaic (PV) panels at two adjacent borehole sites in Speyside.
The PV scheme is the biggest investment so far by Scottish Water Horizons in this renewable technology.
Absolute Solar and Wind were the chosen contractor for the £1.2million installation. Both sites will generate a total of 1GWh of energy per annum. This will save 437 CO2eq tonnes of carbon every year.
The installation will also offset over one-fifth of the borehole sites’ electrical needs.
The PV panels – on Scottish Water land – will help provide power to the Badentinan water treatment works.
Scottish Water aims to meet renewable energy targets and protect the environment. They are doing this by passing on savings from the new installation to the customers. To help keep bills down going forward.

Ian Piggott, Scottish Water Horizons Project Delivery Manager, said:

“This £1.2 million project has taken around three months to complete on site from start to finish. Our construction phase started in early June this year, with some works starting a month later due to the presence of badgers in the vicinity of the site. However, we managed our programme such that there was no negative impact on our overall delivery timescales.

“Absolute Solar and Wind, installed 2900 panels at the north borehole site, and 1900 at the south borehole. These are now in operation and will generate renewable energy long into the future.”

Graham Provest, Managing Director of Absolute Solar and Wind, said:

“As a leading energy efficiency business, Absolute is proud to work so closely with the Scottish Water team on another successful project as part of their ongoing framework requirements. This particular installation had some challenges with grid connectivity that were overcome by our highly skilled technical team. We look forward to future projects and to contributing to a low carbon Scotland.”

John Sammon, Project Manager with Scottish Water Horizons, said:

“The PV panel scheme in Speyside is the largest we’ve undertaken to date, but it’s just one of many across Scotland that are already generating clean, renewable energy to help power our assets and keep customer bills down.

“As well as using solar energy, Scottish Water Horizons are also harnessing renewable energy from Scottish Water assets using different methods, including food waste recycling and recovering heat from wastewater. Going forward we’re committed to capturing the commercial opportunities that Scottish Water assets provide to help Scotland’s economy and environment thrive and improve.”

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