Downing LLP partners with Ennoviga Solar Limited to deliver five solar sites for Northumbrian Water Limited

Downing LLP has partnered with specialist solar developer and consultancy Ennoviga Solar Limited to develop and construct a portfolio of five ground-mounted solar generators that will exclusively serve Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL).

Downing’s investment amounts to £3.7 million and represents its first investment into solar assets commissioned by a UK regulated utility company.

NWL supplies mains water and sewerage services to 2.7 million people across the northeast of England, with its service area reaching between Berwick to just south of Darlington and Middlesbrough. The solar generators will generate some total of 5.7 MWp of electricity that is delivered directly to NWL operational assets and so contribute meaningfully to NWL’s 2027 net zero target.

Paul Barker, Investment Director at Downing, commented: “We’re really happy to be joining forces with Ennoviga to deliver this vital project for NWL. NWL has the UK’s most ambitious net zero ambitions and by delivering for NWL, Downing further underlines its commitment to responsible investment. Partnering with Ennoviga has been a refreshing experience. Stefano and his team’s experience and drive for delivering high-quality solar assets set a great foundation for a successful project.”

Stefano Gambro, Managing Director at Ennoviga, agreed: The need for energy-intensive industries, such as water companies, to reduce their carbon footprint has never been greater. By combining with Downing’s expertise and passion for developing renewable energy assets, I believe we will achieve our goal.”

Anthony Browne, Energy and Decarbonisation Manager at Northumbria Water said: “solar power is a key component of our industry-leading Net Zero 2027 commitment. NWL are the first and only water company to use 100% of our sewage waste to produce green energy and we already have 9 hydroelectric power stations at our sites. Working with Downing and Ennoviga has enabled us to accelerate our renewable energy programme – delivering benefits for the environment and helping us to keep water bills low”.

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