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Battery powered water treatment plant in Yackandandah

 24 March 2017

North East Water will soon trial the use of renewable energy to power the water treatment plant in Yackandandah.

The Corporation will install solar panels and battery storage at the facility in its ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality.

Executive Operations, John Day, said the project is in partnership with the water sector’s think-tank, Intelligent Water Networks.

“The project will test the viability of energy storage at water treatment plants for all of Australia’s water corporations”, Mr Day said.

“North East Water has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 and has started the journey to eliminate consumption of fossil fuels by generating and storing electricity from renewable sources while also ensuring energy reliability during extreme weather events.

“Depending on the success of the research and delivery trial, we could expand the renewables project to other areas across the North East.

“The entire water industry will also be taking a close look at project, which may lead to a widespread change to power consumption within the sector.”

Mr Day added, “We’ve also been working closely with Totally Renewable Yackandandah as part of their project to power the entire town with 100% renewable energy by 2022.”

“We’re really pleased that Yackandandah has embraced the idea and we can play a small part in the town’s push to be off-grid within five years.”

Tenders are now out for the project until the 13th of April and the Corporation is hoping for a successful local contractor to supply a 43kW solar system and 40kW of battery storage.

For details on tendering for the project go to www.newater.com.au/current-projects/tenders-contracts/