Posted: Monday 7th October 2019

Green energy is helping to power two of Scottish Water’s water treatment works in Ayrshire and the Highlands, helping to support the utility’s pledge to reach net zero emissions five years ahead of Scotland’s 2045 target.

A £210,000 investment made by the utility’s commercial subsidiary Scottish Water Horizons has seen 670 solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels installed at Camphill Water Treatment Works at Kilbirnie in North Ayrshire.

A £250,000 renewable energy project to install solar panels at an Inverness-shire water treatment works has also been completed.

The Kilbirnie facility serves about 40,000 people living in the Dalry, Kilbirnie, Beith, Ardrossan, West Kilbride, and Saltcoats areas.

The carbon reducing technology will offset 14 per cent of the electricity required to operate the facility, with the new solar PV system generating 0.145GWHr of energy on an annual basis – that’s the same amount of energy needed to power 40 homes for a year.

A total of 674 solar panels are now in place at Scottish Water’s Glenconvinth WTW, which provides drinking water from Loch Bruicheach to 5500 customers in Drumnadrochit, Beauly and west Inverness.

Around a third of the site’s electrical needs are now met via renewable energy, with the new solar PV system generating 0.175GWHr of electricity on an annual basis – the same amount of energy needed to power more than 50 homes for a year.

It is the latest solar power scheme to be delivered by Scottish Water Horizons, the utility’s stand-alone commercial business that works to encourage growth and invest in renewable technologies.

Welcoming completion of the projects, Roddy Speirs, Project Manager at Scottish Water Horizons, said: “These carbon-reducing solar schemes further demonstrate Scottish Water’s drive to tackle climate change and become a zero carbon user of electricity.

“The energy needed to provide customers with essential water and waste water services makes Scottish Water the largest single user of electricity in the country so we are absolutely committed to finding alternative ways to develop and accelerate green energy schemes to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Customers in North Ayrshire and Inverness-shire can now enjoy their water with lower impact on the environment than ever before, while the technology installed at these locations will help drive down operating costs at the works, helping keep household bills low.”

Renewable energy experts FES Support Services and Absolute delivered the Camphill and Glenconvinth projects respectively on behalf of Scottish Water Horizons. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

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