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Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir to hold the largest floating solar system

Europes biggest floating Solar PV system is to set sail on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir in London this will include more that 23,000 panels on the reservoir. The system will be used to supply power to the Thame’s Water

The French-manufactured system will have a total installed peak capacity of 6.3MW and is expected to generate 5.8GWh of electricity in its first year. That is equal to a yearly usage of approximately 1,800 homes.

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.”

Thames Water has promised to reinforce the targets of the Paris environmental change agreement to limit the global temperature climb to 2C, and the firm says this Solar PV project will help them with reaching this goal.

The firm is powered by 100% renewable energy after inking a five-year, £520m supply deal with Drax-subsidiary Haven Power last year, and it has an intention of self-generating 33% of its own renewable energy by 2020.

Lightsource chief executive Nick Boyle said:

“There is a great need from energy-intensive industries to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as the amount they are spending on electricity and solar can be the perfect solution. We’re therefore constantly evolving new skill sets to ensure that all of our projects deliver maximum energy generation over the lifetime of the installation.”

By the time this new system is up and running, London have voted in a new Mayor, with mayoral election scheduled for 5 May. Last week, edie reported that Labour’s London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan had outlined his ambition to ignite a ‘clean energy revolution’ in the capital, pledging to be the ‘greenest mayor ever’.

Khan pledged to ban fracking in London, plant two millions trees, provide more green buses, expand the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and attempt to divest the London Pension Fund Authority of its remaining investments in fossil fuel industries.