Anglian Water has reached a significant milestone in its bid to become a net zero carbon business by 2030, with its biggest solar array at Grafham Water turned on for the first time.
On 21 September, it announced that its largest renewable project to date had been completed at the site, having worked with solar partner, HBS New Energies and PPA funder, the Green Investment Group. The water treatment works uses 45mn kWh of energy per year to supply clean water across the region. Almost 43,000 solar modules will now generate over 26% of energy it uses, helping to power essential operations and save around 3,500 tonnes of carbon annually.
Anglian explained that combined heat and power (CHP) engines, wind and solar are all set to play a key role in its goal to reach net zero by 2030, with solar cited as the one that will see the biggest growth in renewable energy generation by the company over the coming years. It is looking to more than double the amount of power it generates from renewables by 2025 to power almost half (44%) of its operations.