22 February 2016

Floating solar farm in London to be biggest in Europe

The biggest floating solar photovoltaic project in Europe is being built in London.

The installation is under construction at the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and will have a capacity of 6.3 megawatts when completed.

The project will include 23,000 solar panels and will produce enough electricity to power 1,800 local household, according to the project developer Lightsource Renewable Energy.

The project is expected to use of 61,000 floats and 177 anchors and Lightsource CEO Nick Boyle said: “Over the last 5 years we have successfully completed ground and roof installations of all shapes and sizes, but this project has some obvious differences and has presented our team with a set of fresh challenges to overcome.”

The Thames water’s energy manager, Angus Berry, said: “Becoming a more sustainable business is integral to our long-term strategy, and this innovative new project brings us one step closer to achieving our goal — this is the right thing for our customers, the right thing for our stakeholders, and most importantly, the right thing for the environment.”

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