Scottish Water sanctions biggest ever solar project investment
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Solar Project Investment
Scottish Water has boosted its commitment to renewable energy by pledging a £9m pot to fund solar power projects over the next three years.
The deal was set up by the utility’s subsidiary Scottish Water Horizons Ltd. It is a way of enhancing the environment, reducing carbon emissions and cutting costs.
Four contractors are now lined up to develop, design and install solar panels. The installation will be in Scottish Water assets across the nation.
Andrew Macdonald, Head of Scottish Water Horizons Ltd, said: “This investment further demonstrates Scottish Water’s commitment to reducing energy costs and ultimately keeping bills as low as possible for customers.
“Through use of technologies such as solar panels, several of our water works can now generate at least all – and in some cases more – of the energy they need to operate.
“Not only does this benefit Scottish Water but it contributes to national renewable energy targets.
“We’re pleased to be working with experts in the sector to improve our provision of renewable energy and help maintain Scottish Water’s place as one of the best value providers of water in the UK.”
Scottish Water Horizons Ltd experts coined new ways to make Scotland sustainable. They also received 45 expressions of interest in the contract. As a result, 17 companies submitted their bids in the battle for full tender.
The four successful contractors were:
Absolute Solar & Wind Ltd, FES Ltd, Saliis Ltd, and Styles & Wood Ltd.
The framework will run for an initial period of one year with two further one year extensions. With an aim to take advantage of falling technology costs. As well as providing some security from the insecurity of the PV market.
Scottish Water has reduced its base electricity consumption by more than five per cent since 2010. Because of the continued innovative work from Scottish Water Horizons Ltd.
In December last year, the utility received a Scottish Green Energy Award for its success in expanding and diversifying its energy generation programme.
Total carbon emissions have fallen by 18 per cent since 2006/07 and renewable energy generation has doubled since 2013 to over 50GWh – the same as powering 50 million washing machines. Scottish Water now has 26 sites with hydro turbines that harness the natural flow of water through pipes to produce electricity. It also generates renewable power through 18 wind-powered sites, 24 solar farms, two biomass plants, and a food waste recycling plant near Cumbernauld.