The Water Corporation is working to reduce its energy footprint, by installing solar rooftop systems and biogas generators to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Committed to exploring and adopting new technology to reduce its emissions, over the next few months nine Water Corp offices, workshops and depots will be fitted with solar energy panels, in addition to nearly 350 panels installed at their Balcatta location.
Installation of solar panels across these nine sites will cost an estimated $325,000 dollars, and will have the ability to generate up to 50 per cent of the total power required to run each site, and in total it’s expected to reduce the Water Corporations annual emissions by 450 tonnes.
Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said it’s important for water utilities to lead by example and do what they can to reduce greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change.
“Water Corporation’s adoption of solar and other green technologies will accelerate in the years ahead, particularly as technology improves and costs come down,” Mr Kelly said.
The construction of a renewable energy generator at the Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant in Craigie has commenced, through the State Government and the Water Corporation, and is due to be finished later this year.
The generator will use biogas, a by-product from the wastewater treatment process, to produce renewable energy to help meet the energy needs of the Advanced Water Treatment Plant, which forms part of the Groundwater Replenishment Scheme.
“What’s important is that we don’t wait, but take every opportunity now to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases, in the context of rapid climate change. Adopting new technology and applying it in the field allows us to learn what works best and make critical efficiency improvements,” said Mr Kelly.