Swindon’s solar farm to power rubbish centre

Swindon’s solar farm to power rubbish centre

Swindon Borough Council is expecting to generate income in excess of £200,000 a year, thanks to a new circular economy project.

A new solar power plant currently under construction is to power the household waste recycling centre in Swindon.

Public Power Solutions (PPS), which is owned by the council, is developing the new solar project on the former landfill site adjacent to the recycling centre at Cheney Manor.

As well as saving money on the costs of operating the plant the council will receive Government renewable electricity subsidies.

Sean Magee, Head of Waste Solutions at PPS, said: “Being able to operate our SRF plant using solar energy from Barnfield is truly an innovative step forward in our sustainability. Not only is this the right thing to do, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, it will also benefit us financially by bringing down the running costs of the plant.

“We’re also looking at further technology development such as energy storage (batteries) so that even when light levels are low we can still operate the plant with renewable energy.”

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