In 2012 Regen agreed a partnership with SWW that put renewable energy and local communities at the heart of their investment strategy.

One of the main costs of supplying water, other than staffing, is the energy needed to treat and pump it around the undulating landscape of the SW region. SWW’s energy bills are as a result, in excess of £25million p.a.

Project duration: 2012 – ongoing

As part of a programme to keep water bills down, Regen and SWW developed a renewable energy strategy and investment case leading to a series of small renewable energy projects, sized to power SWW infrastructure.

The unique element of this project is the way in which SWW engages with their customers and local communities, seeking their views on renewable energy and building local partnerships. The business model for SWW’s portfolio of investments are varied, reflecting the policy environment, the nature of each site and the needs of the local communities they serve. Projects have included communities or developers building their own schemes and supplying power to SWW sites, including Nanstallon pictured above.

For more information see Ray Arrell’s presentation to the Institute of Water.

Led by: Hazel Williams and Ray Arrell

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Associate Director
Ray is part of the Regen leadership team, overseeing our work and strategic goals…
Merlin Hyman
Chief Executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. Under…
Hazel Williams
Associate Director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

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