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Your Power light the way for Wessex Water to blaze trail with solar

Posted: Friday 23rd January 2015

Solar specialists install 50 KW PV system for green-thinking treatment plant near Yeovil.

Bristol based solar specialists Your Power have completed the installation of a solar PV system for Wessex Water. A major water treatment works at Sutton Bingham, used to provide drinking water to people in the Yeovil area, is now partially powered by sunlight. Clean-drinking, green-thinking.

Sutton Bingham is a fully operational supply site that runs 24/7/365, with high demands for consistent electricity supply. As part of their ongoing commitment to carbon reduction, Wessex Water commissioned Your Power to transform the way their new treatment building harnessed energy.

“Sutton Bingham is an ideal site for installing solar PV panels,” explains Julia Clarke, energy generation analyst at Wessex Water, “The roof is south facing with no obstructions, allowing us to generate the maximum level of electricity without having an impact on the local surroundings.”

Your Power completed the entire mechanical installation within four days, with less than seven days disruption to Wessex Water’s operations – minimal for a project of this magnitude. Better still, there is a huge scope for ROI. The cost of the 50 KW system will be paid off within five years alone, which in the context of the treatment plant’s lifespan is negligible.

“We’re delighted with the efficiency of the install,” reveals Nick Spicer, Operations Director at Your Power. “We conducted a number of site scoping studies before we began the practical install, making sure we thoroughly understood the dynamics of Sutton Bingham – both geographically and operationally – to make Wessex Water’s regular operations were impacted as little as possible.”

Sutton Bingham is their first site to embrace solar. Utilities suppliers have heavy power consumption – turning to solar means they can source a reliable, consistent energy supply that reduces both their energy spend and their carbon footprint.

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