Irish Water Solar PV Programme
Athlone Wastewater Treatment Plant, East Midlands, Ireland
JBB project deliverables included site assessment and solar array modelling and design, feasibility report, cost benefit analysis, glint & glare assessment, environmental reports and full planning application for a 130kW solar PV array. The proposed 130kW array is estimated to generate 104,000kWh/year which equates to 20% of the electrical energy consumed by the WwTP during the daytime period per year and will reduce CO₂ emissions from the site by 35 tonnes/year.
Project Objectives/ Outcomes
The main project objective is for Irish Water as a service provider to contribute to Ireland’s national energy efficiency targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and carbon impacts in line with targets set by the Government for public bodies. As a public sector body, Irish Water is obliged to achieve a 50% reduction in CO2eq emissions and be 50% more energy efficient in the delivery of Water Services by 2030. Irish water has committed to being net zero carbon by 2040. One of the measures to achieve this Irish Water intend to install solar pv arrays at a large number of their sites in order to reduce dependency on the national grid which will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. The sites assessed range in size from 50kW up to 1.5MW arrays.
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