Thames Water delivered 450 kW solar panels to British desalination plant

09/08/2011 12:44 Renewable

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Thames Water, has commissioned 450 KW arrays of solar panels at its water desalination plant (Beckton), as a part of Britain’s biggest on-site solar power producer and industrial user situated on 150,000 m³/d area. According to the 25-year contract and worth £7 million, Ennoviga Solar Ltd, has created an investment company that will own and maintain the solar park, and will recover its investments by selling the green power produced to the water company.

The Beckton desalination plant will produce 385 MWh/year on average, while 150 kW arrays installed above ancient storm tanks at Crossness sewage works and redundant sand filters at Walton water treatment works will each produce 133 MWh/year on average, enough to supply 140 average-sized homes. Crossness and Walton, part of the biggest on-site solar park, will eventually be expanded to 1,700 MWh per year and 3,000 MWh per year respectively. Thames Water has set a target of cutting its greenhouse emissions by 20% in real-terms on 1990 levels by 2015.

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