It takes a lot of energy to treat and transport safe, clean drinking water and used water. That’s why we’re investing $10 million in solar technology. We’re installing solar panels at Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant, Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant and Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant.
As one of the largest electricity users in South Australia, we are trialling new ways of generating and storing energy. Improving our energy management and reducing costs will help us provide reliable water services and manage long-term prices to keep them as low and as stable as possible for our customers.
Power generated from the solar panels will supplement electricity used to operate the treatment plants. Any excess energy created will be exported to the power grid.
Installation of the solar panels began in May 2018 and is expected to take around six months to complete.
A pilot project was also completed at our Crystal Brook depot in June 2018 with the installation of 100 kilowatts of solar PV and a 50 kilowatt hour battery storage system.
These two projects will now demonstrate the effectiveness of solar technology as a means to source energy and manage costs across our operations.