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Facility adds solar panels

The Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), operated in south London by Veolia in partnership with Southwark Council, is installing 2,500 solar panels which will almost completely cover the roof.

The panels will generate around 674MWh of energy a year, offering a similar carbon saving to taking Southwark’s entire waste collection fleet off the road for six months. They do not need direct sunlight to work.

The facility sorts all the borough’s recyclables and also treats black bag waste to create a fuel for energy recovery, used to generate heating and hot water for local homes.

Darren Merrill, council cabinet member for environment and recycling (right in picture with Fabrice Bouchon, IWMF general manager), said: “We are using our partnership with Veolia to develop locally driven renewable projects. Southwark is now home to one of the biggest solar panel installations in the capital and it is London’s first energy-from-waste network.”

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