The Project

The UK's United Utilities is building what is expected to be Europe's largest floating solar power system in Godley Reservoir in Hyde, Greater Manchester. They are planning to install 12,000 solar panels by Christmas and will cover an area of 45,500 square meters. Once complete, it is expected to generate 2.7 GWh of renewable and zero carbon power per year. Chris Stubbs, head of renewable energy at United Utilities, shares that they have set a target to generate 35% of the power requirements by 2020, and this huge project puts them on track to achieve that goal. The project will take 12 weeks to complete, and the company expects the solar power system to be installed, tested, and fully operational by December. This project will also be the second largest solar power array system in the world behind Japan.

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