Veolia has announced that its 59MWp solar array on a restored landfill area in Essex has begun operations.
The Ockendon site comprises 107,000 bi-facial solar modules rated at either 540Wp or 545Wp linked to DC to AC converters. Energy generated from the site will be fed to the grid through a 132,000 on-site Volt transformer connected to Warley substation.
This structure also offers the potential of embedded power use on site, added the global resource management company.
“This latest renewable energy development is a further step towards achieving a net zero carbon future for the UK, and a demonstration of how we can transform this restored landfill to give it a new life,” said Donald Macphail, chief operating officer of treatment at Veolia.
“Through harnessing the power of the sun to deliver renewable electricity we are advancing our aim to achieve ecological transformation, and countering climate change. The project also has greater significance as the solar arrays have minimal ground level impact, so the wildlife that has repopulated the restored land can continue to coexist with the technology.”
Matt Partridge, development director at REG Power management, which provided the site’s PV modules added: "We’re delighted to have worked with Veolia to help deliver another significant clean energy development. Projects like this are essential if we are to meet our targets for low cost, zero emission electricity generation using the UK’s abundant renewable energy resources"
Last year, Veolia UK & Ireland was also awarded a £27 million energy management contract, which included installing a 1.1MWp solar system at Eastbourne Hospital.