Solar boost for
Campeltown treatment works
13 January 2021
Solar energy is helping to power a Scottish Water facility in Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute.
Following a £94,000 investment, 174 roof-mounted solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels are now powering Campbeltown Water Treatment Works which serves around 4,000 properties.
This carbon reducing technology will offset 16 per cent of the electricity required to operate the facility, with the new solar PV system generating 0.05GWHr of energy on an annual basis – the same amount of energy needed to boil 5,000 kettles and save 13 CO2 eq tonnes of carbon each year.
Ian Piggott, Project Manager at Scottish Water Horizons, led the project delivery. He said: “We’re happy to announce the successful completion of this project which was delivered by renewable energy solutions specialists Absolute Solar and Wind on behalf of Scottish Water Horizons.
“PV power is instrumental in helping tackle climate change and reducing our carbon footprint and schemes like this go a long way towards helping us achieve that.”
An electric vehicle charging point was also installed to accompany the renewables scheme, supporting the transition of Scottish Water’s fleet of vans away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Morag Maclaurin, Scottish Water Operations Team Leader for the North area, said “Sustainable solutions such as this is great news for the environment and also for our customers. Water in the Campeltown area is now being supplied with a lower carbon impact than ever before, helping local communities become greener and more sustainable.”
The PV scheme in Campbeltown joins a long list of schemes already installed at many treatment works and other Scottish Water assets across Scotland. To date, 9.2 megawatts of PV power has been installed at 47 sites, generating 7.2 gigawatt hours of renewable energy every year – that’s equivalent to powering 1,900 homes.