Floating Solar Panel Installation Begins at Godley Resevoir

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United Utilities installs Europe’s largest floating solar power project on reservoir

The Telegraph, October 26, 2015. Image credit: R/GA

Water giant United Utilities is to install Europe’s biggest floating solar power system on a reservoir near Manchester, as it seeks to capitalise on the novel technology to cut its energy costs.

The 12,000 panel, £3.5m development will be only the second of its kind in Britain, dwarfing an 800-panel pilot in Berkshire last year, and will be the second biggest in the world after a scheme in Japan.

United Utilities is also in the process of installing up to 100 MW of solar panels on its land. It aims to install up to 40 MW in time to qualify for the current rate of subsidy, but Mr Gillespie said it was hopeful it would still be able to proceed with many of the remainder of the projects even if subsidies were cut.

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