Have your say over Rutland water solar power plans
Rutland residents are being urged to have their say over plans for solar generation at Empingham.
Anglian Water is looking to install solar panels on land it owns below the dam of Rutland Water below the dam at Sykes Lane.
The company says the power generated by the panels would help power the works at Empingham and help its ambitions to become a carbon neutral company by 2050.
A drop in session outlining the proposals takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Audit Hall, Empingham, from 3pm to 6pm.
An Anglian Water spokesperson said: "The proposals at Empingham are currently at an early stage and all plans will be openly discussed with the local community and key stakeholders in order to progress.
"We want to be good neighbours and the open forum this week is our first opportunity to show the local community what we would like to achieve from the move to use solar.”
The works at Empingham help supply water to hundreds of thousands of customers across the region. It requires a lot of energy, around 29.4 GWh every year.
Anglian Water says it aims for the panels to generate enough renewable energy to meet over a third of the Anglian Water work’s power requirement over the course of the year – enough to power almost 3,000 homes.
On really sunny days the works could operate on solar power alone which would significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.
Rutland Water is a precious habitat and designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Ramsar Site and a Special Protection Area (SPA). The company says it has carried out detailed surveys to ensure that the solar panels would exist in harmony with nature.
Rutland Water would be open to visitors as normal during installation and once the solar panels are in place.
Once detailed plans have been agreed with relevant parties, Anglian hope to start installing panels later this year.
Anglian Water says it will keep local communities updated as their proposals progress.