A bid to enable green energy to power a waste water treatment facility in Lanarkshire has been launched.
Scottish Water has applied for planning permission to install technology that will offset more than 20% of the electricity needed to run its site at Skellyton near Larkhall.
The proposals would see more than 500 solar panels put in place which can generate more than 150 MWh of electricity each year – the same amount of energy needed to boil a kettle 1.5 million times or watch a million hours of television.
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The company’s trading arm, Scottish Water Horizons, has tendered to install the 560 photovoltaic (PV) panels at Skellyton.
Donald MacBrayne of Scottish Water Horizons told Lanarkshire Live: “Offsetting energy use through renewable energy generation is a key part of delivering on our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
“This program will not only help Skellyton’s processing work on the path to energy self-sufficiency, but will also contribute approximately 12% of the electricity generated to the national grid, helping to offset carbon emissions further afield. .”
The installation of the photovoltaic solar generator would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the site by more than 20 tonnes per year.
Photovoltaic panels will be installed in an area of brush and brownfields within the boundaries of the existing works.
The Skellyton project is the latest in a long list of renewable energy programs already installed at many waste water treatment plants and other Scottish Water assets across Scotland.
Scottish Water has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040 with an interim target of hosting or self-generating three times its annual electricity consumption by 2030.
Nearly 80 of the company’s water and wastewater treatment plants are now either self-sufficient or partially self-sufficient in their electricity needs.
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