Posted: Tue 9th Aug 2016

UK’s largest solar park powering Shotton paper mill

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

UPM Shotton, the Deeside Industrial Estate based paper mill is running almost every daylight hour on 100% renewable energy thanks to the UK’s largest solar park also on Deeside Industrial Estate.

An agreement with British Solar Renewables Welink Energy and Compton Group means that UPM Shotton has halved its purchase of power in April.

The solar site, which is visible from outer space, is one of the last and largest of its type under the current UK government policy.

Stunning picture taken from space shows true size of massive Deeside solar park

The paper mill, which employs approximately 200 people across its Deeside site, already sources 70% of its energy needs via its renewable sources which includes its own biomass power plant which commenced operation in 2006.

Andrew Bronnert, Head of Pulp and Energy for UPM Shotton said:

“We already have a renowned energy policy with integrated assets such our own power plant and connectivity to EirGrid which operates wind farms in the Irish Sea and leases part of the UPM Shotton site.

“Our parent company UPM is already a world-leader in renewable energy and its strategy is to continually increase its use of energy from renewable sources such as hydro-power in Finland and its latest innovation bio-diesel derived from wood fibres.

“This latest collaboration with British Solar Renewables,Welink Energy and Compton Group means we now have one of the most sophisticated energy provisions in manufacturing and adds to our strong environmental credentials which are recognised by the Welsh Government and its sustainability teams.”

The award-winning mill will also start up a second power plant and turbine in December 2016, enabling 100 per cent use of all steam produced on site.

The Solar Park has over 250,000 individual photovoltaic panels and during daylight hours can provide the UPM Shotton site with 100% of its output.

The paper mill is also connected to the National Grid and is able to sell-back some of its unused energy for example, during maintenance time when the paper machine is not running.

 

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