Salford City Council moves forward with plans for new solar and hydroelectric projects

The projects are forecast to collectively generate enough energy to power more than 600 homes

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Salford City Council has partnered with Energy Systems Catapult to bring forward plans for new solar and hydroelectric projects.

The plan is to build a 3.79 hectare-solar farm with 5,094 solar panels which are forecast to generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 438 homes a year.

A hydroelectric scheme will also be built on the River Irwell in North West England and is predicted to generate enough electricity to power around 200 homes.

Energy will be generated by a water screw and the scheme will integrate a fish and eel pass to allow fish and eels to swim further up the river.

That is expected to be built during the summer of 2022 and will be operation by the end of that year.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “We are passionate about the environment and proactively looking at opportunities to help us achieve our long term vision which includes being carbon-neutral by 2038.

“We take our responsibilities seriously and must do all we can to protect the planet for future generations.”