Centrica Business Solutions installing solar for Affinity Water
Centrica Business Solutions has started work at an Affinity Water production site in Chertsey to install solar panels to generate nearly 1MWp of renewable energy.
The water supplier has commissioned Centrica Business Solutions to carry out these works which are are due to be completed in early 2022.
It is one of two solar projects being developed by Affinity Water ahead of an expansion to the programme, which will generate a total of 23.5 MWh per annum of clean and renewable energy and save 75,011 tCO2e over a 20-year asset life.
This is a first small step which will form a key pillar of Affinity Water’s ambitious Plan for Net Zero. Further phases will deliver installations of solar energy, along with the introduction of wind power and battery storage solutions across the company’s sites and the transition of its fleet to electric vehicles.
Graham Deans, Head of Estates and Facilities at Affinity Water, said: “We’re pleased to take this important first step to develop our renewables portfolio as we continue to play our part and realise our Plan for Net Zero operational emissions by 2030 and improving energy efficiency. In working with Centrica Business Solutions we have the expertise on board to deliver and I’m looking forward to progressing the next phases of our plan in the months and years ahead.
“Tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero is one of the biggest challenges the world faces and our customers and stakeholders are looking to us to see what we are doing to achieve it.”
Graham Phillips, Head of Solar at Centrica Business Solutions, said, “There is increased scrutiny on all businesses to be putting in place measures that help reduce their emissions. Water companies have diverse estates which lend themselves to solar developments that can be implemented without any impact on day-to-day operations.
“Affinity Water has an ambitious plan to be Net Zero by 2030 and Centrica Business Solutions is delighted to be playing our part in that journey.”