London based waste management and recycling firm, Bywaters, has saved 361 tonnes of CO2 in just nine months following the installation of a 1 MW solar panel array on the roof of its main facility in Bow, East London.
The 4000 solar panels, claimed to be London’s largest Solar PV retrofit have generated 700MWh, providing most of the power needed for Bywaters’ 650,000 tonnes per annum Materials Recycling Facility.
The company said that the renewable energy project makes it nearly self succient in terms of energy usage and is on track to deliver a return on investment within six years.
Addressing London’s Air Quality
Bywaters noted that with air quality increasingly making headlines in London, and considered by many to be one of the biggest health threats facing Londoners today – such emission reductions areto be welcomed.
The recycling firm added that the amount of CO2 saved by its solar project equates to 9246 new trees and is already 40 tonnes more than was predicted for the full year
However, the UK’s capital city is not known for its sunshine and one day in May can typically generate eight times as much energy as one day in December.
Even so, the company said that turning a passive asset, such as the roof of a building, into a profitable resource is proving to be a worthwhile exercise and an example of what can be achieved in an urban environment.
“Feasibility studies convinced us of the validity of using solar panels in the UK and, we are already saving more carbon than anticipated,” commented John Glover, managing director of Bywaters.“As well as reduced energy costs, the solar panels are enabling us to operate more sustainably.”
“We have taken a number of decisive actions to clean up the capital’s air and believe in setting the benchmark for how businesses can carry out core processes without causing damage to the environment through harmful emissions.”
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