What's Going On Here?
A floating solar farm the size of a football pitch is being built on a Lancashire Reservoir.
United Utilities are installing floating rafts of over 3000 solar panels, designed to generate enough energy to power 200 homes
What Will This Do?
The unshaded reservoir provides ideal conditions for maximising solar exposure without taking up valuable land.
The panels will be used to power the UK's biggest water company, United Utilities’, water treatment plant, which supplies H20 to 152,000 local residents.
Why Should We Care?
A typical water company’s biggest operating cost is electricity. Moving towards self sufficiency is expected to mean more stable prices for consumers. :-)
What’s more, the panels also block out sunlight which slows growth of problematic algae in the reservoir. Without this, removing the algae to make it safe to drink is both carbon and chemical intensive.