Water utility United Utilities has started work on a 1MW floating solar installation near one of its water treatment facilities in Lancashire. The firm has teamed up with frequent solar collaborator Forrest to develop the project which will sit on the surface of Langthwaite Reservoir in Lancaster. All power generated from the facility is to be used by the neighbouring Lancaster Water Treatment Works, responsible for the water supply of more than 150,000 people in the region. Work on the eight-week projected started earlier this month. More than 3,500 modules are to be installed on bespoke floatation devices, which have been co-developed by Forrest and local firms Northern Pontoons and Aqua-Dock. This is not, however, United Utilities’ first floating solar installation. In February 2016 the firm inaugurated a 3MW install at the Godley Reservoir in Greater Manchester, before stating that it was exploring the feasibility of the Lancaster plant in January last year.
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