Veolia gives details on solar panels at landfill sites
According to Veolia, the capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources is to be doubled by using more “latest” solar modules in restored landfills.
Last month, the company drew attention to the project’s success, but kept certain details near his chest (see the letsrecycle.com story).
In a statement released yesterday (May 4th), the company now says that when the new panels go live, they will increase the company’s renewable power generation capacity by up to 60 MWe.
According to Veolia, this will help generate 63 MWe of electricity from the biogas, biomass and biodiesel cogeneration power plants that the company operates in industrial, healthcare and commercial areas, for a total capacity of 134 MWe.
“By increasing our generation of renewable energies, we will make a contribution to the future energy infrastructure.”
Donald Macphail, Veolia’s chief operating officer for treatment, said, “Electricity supports almost all aspects of modern life and decarbonization is an integral part of the strategy for achieving a carbon-free future.
“By increasing our generation of renewable energies, we will make a contribution to the future energy infrastructure. This means we can deliver over 560 MWe of renewable, low-carbon electricity, enough to power more than 1.3 million homes. “
According to its own information, the company has selected restored landfill areas with south-facing slopes and a “sufficiently large” electrical export connection or the option of connecting to the site in order to “make the most of the use of the land”.
Veolia has been installing solar modules on its former landfills since 2017, working with various technology providers (see the story of letsrecycle.com).
The first three former landfills managed by Veolia that have been granted building permits to install solar panels were Netley in Hampshire, Ling Hall in Warwickshire and Ockendon in Essex.
The Ling Hall site uses around 13,200 530W dual-face modules that absorb light on both sides to maximize power density, Veolia says. These are connected to 22 string inverters that convert direct current into alternating current and then feed it into the grid via two 3 MVA transformers.
Landfill sites are believed to find it easier to provide solar power to the national grid than many other facilities as they may already be hooked up and generate electricity from turbines that run on landfill gas. Connecting to the National Grid without an existing connection can be costly.