Bywaters has completed London’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) panel retrofit at its MRF in Bow.
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The waste manager has installed more than 4,000 panels on the building’s roof, from which the 1000kWp array will provide enough energy to power the normal daytime operations of the MRF, which is licensed to process 650,000 tonnes of material a year.
The company said the installation would stabilise its energy supply and reduce energy costs by some 45%, while saving some 320 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Managing director John Glover told MRW: “The installation of solar PV at our Bow MRF will enable us to make significant savings on carbon emissions while processing recyclables.”
He added that investment in the array was “an important demonstration of our commitment to developing a sustainable business and improving our own environmental performance”.
Glover said energy was Bywaters’ largest cost after wages, and the company had made a series of initiatives to minimise its environmental impact.
“There is a common misconception that doing the right thing costs money,” he said.
“However, as with effective waste and recycling solutions, the adoption of a more sustainable approach to our energy provision has enabled us to realise both commercial and environmental improvements benefiting our business, our customers and the community of which we are part.”
In addition to the array, Bywaters uses canals and rivers to move residual waste from Bow to Cory’s Belvedere energy-from-waste facility, eliminating around 3,000 lorry movements a year. It has also invested in a £7m fleet of eco-friendly vehicles.
The array was developed and managed to completion by Kent-based supplier M3 Solutions.
- More on this in the 9 April issue of MRW