A floating solar farm in Manchester!

Posted: 27/10/2015

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We have all heard of houses having solar panels, and even bigger schemes such as wind farms, but a floating solar farm? Surely not.

To add to the excitement it is rumored that work has already started on creating the floating solar farm, that will be located on top of Godley reservoir, in Hyde.

Around 12,000 panels are expected to be installed on the reservoir in Greater Manchester, this set up is being produced in order to help reduce current energy costs, United Utilities (Water Company) have stated.

The water company also detailed that the project is labelled at costing £3.5m and operations are due to be in full motion around the Christmas period, not only this but it should hopefully keep future water bills lower.

Once built this will be the second largest floating solar farm in the world measuring 45,500 sq-m/484 Sq-ft after a system in Japan, a spokesman has said.

The firm’s head of renewable energy, Chris Stubbs has mentioned that the project taking place on the reservoir in Hyde will hopefully provide surrounding treatment works with 33% of its energy. He also revealed that it will help the company to reach targets in order to generate 35% of in house power courtesy of renewable sources.

Chris Stubbs mentioned; “While floating solar has been deployed elsewhere, most notably in Japan, it is a new technology to the UK."

This project follows on from the recent opening of the UK’s first floating solar panel project, this involved around 800 panels being set up, much less a number than 12,000 like the new project in Hyde. This installation took place in October last year in Berkshire.

During the summer, the UK government specified that they had planned to close or significantly reduce subsidies for many new and upcoming solar farms before 2016. A spokesman from United Utilities said that the firm where also contemplating setting up a further floating solar farm in Lancaster after this year.

If you would like to purchase an Energy Report from Pali which identifies whether the site is within 15km of any existing OR planned solar farms, as well as identifying many other existing and planned energy extraction and generation installations, please contact a member of the team on 0151 691 1170 / search@paliltd.com.

Nicole Cran, Pali Ltd


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