CO2 reduction moves closer at Bedford Green Technology & Innovation Park

A former landfill site is set to play a central role in Bedford Borough Council’s net zero plans after the first of 8,080 solar PV panels were installed at the Bedford Green Technology & Innovation Park project.

After extensive regeneration works to the site, 4.2MW of capacity will be installed, stretching across a 30-hectare plot.  Piling and frames have been installed and, when complete, the project will save an estimated 1,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

It is fantastic to see this former landfill site be transformed in this way, creating green energy right here in Bedford Borough. We have always worked to lead by example locally, cutting our carbon emissions and working towards carbon neutrality by 2030. This is a really exciting project to be involved in.”

Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough
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The project will help the council meet their targets of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and they were awarded £1.867m from the government Getting Building Fund through the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) towards the project.

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The transformation of this site is nothing short of remarkable. It will go from being an old landfill site to a state-of-the-art solar farm capable of producing 4.2MW of zero carbon electricity. This is a great example of how ambitious councils can harness renewable energy to help meet their net zero targets and contribute to a cleaner and greener UK.”

Scott Lutton, Operations Director for Vital Energi

The project is set to be operational in April and tested and commissioned by May 2022.