UK-based undercover waste management company Bywaters has successfully reduced carbon emissions by installing a 1000kW solar panel array on its main facility in Bow, East London.

With 4,000 panels installed, Bywaters has been able to cut down 361t of carbon emissions in nine months. This is equivalent to saving 9,246 new trees and the savings were 40t higher than was predicted for the entire year.

Bywaters' managing director John Glover said: “Feasibility studies convinced us of the validity of using solar panels in the UK and we are already saving more carbon than anticipated. As well as reduced energy costs, the solar panels are enabling us to operate more sustainably.

"We are already saving more carbon than anticipated."

“We have taken a number of decisive actions to clean up the capital’s air and believe in setting the benchmark for how businesses can carry out core processes without causing damage to the environment through harmful emissions.”

Deployed in February last year, Bywaters array is the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) retrofit installed in London. It has generated 700MWh of power and can cater to most of the electricity demands of the company’s 650,000t materials recovery facility.

Image: Bywaters installs 4000 solar panels on the roof of its East London facility, in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Bywaters

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