United utilities ambitious solar pv programme is undermined by Government’s lack of clear policy; no doubt Chinese nuclear electricity will be so much cheaper!

Daily Telegraph: Water giant United Utilities is to install Europe’s biggest floating solar power system on a reservoir near Manchester, as it seeks to capitalise on the novel technology to cut its energy costs. The 12,000 panel, £3.5m development will be only the second of its kind in Britain, dwarfing an 800-panel pilot in Berkshire last year, and will be the second biggest in the world after a scheme in Japan. Installation of the panels is due to begin on Monday at the Godley reservoir in Greater Manchester, where it will provide a third of the power for a water treatment works.  The system is scheduled to be completed before Christmas, in order to qualify for subsidies before they are due to be drastically cut in the new year. United Utilities’ three megawatt (MW) scheme is currently eligible for subsidies of almost 6p per kilowatt-hour (KWh), but ministers have proposed to cut the rate to about 1p per KWh, under plans which have caused widespread anger in the solar industry.


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