Yorkshire Water unveils plans for 28 new solar energy sites

The first phase of deployments will generate a total capacity of around 23MW with £25m of investment

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Yorkshire Water has unveiled plans to develop a portfolio that consists of 28 solar energy projects across the region.

It has selected investment and asset manager Downing LLP to design, build and operate the projects, with the first phase of deployments generating a total capacity of around 23MW with £25 million of investment.

The projects will support Yorkshire Water’s target to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

Daniel Oxley, Yorkshire Water Commercial Programme Manager said: “This project is a significant step in reaching our aims of carbon net zero by 2030. Due to changes in the treatment process at our sites over recent years, many have been left with surplus operational land which can be used for the generation of renewable energy.

“These have been identified and will become home to new solar panel arrays. Once completed, the first deployment of solar panels will generate 4% of our annual power needs, increasing our renewable energy use, reducing our exposure to energy price volatility and reducing the operational costs of our sites, which will provide better value for money for our customers.”