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Waterbeach Renewable Energy Network (WREN) Solar Project

Approve a contribution towards the funding of a project to develop an integrated renewable energy and storage solution to serve the electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCVs) within the overall fleet at Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service (GCSWS) Depot at Waterbeach.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £300,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/08/2022

Decision due: 6 Oct 2022 by Executive Councillor for Climate Action and Environment

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Climate Action and Environment

Department: Corporate Strategy

Contact: Janet Fogg, Climate Change Officer Email: Janet.Fogg@cambridge.gov.uk, Dave Prinsep, Assistant Director, Assets and Property Email: dave.prinsep@cambridge.gov.uk Tel: 01223 457318.

Additional Information: This is a key item and will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: In order to continue the Council’s fleet decarbonisation programme to meet the 2030 net zero target, there is an urgent need for an on-site renewable energy solution to enable charging of electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCVs). The project, being led by South Cambridgeshire District Council, will develop a renewable energy network to locally generate renewable energy from solar. The network design will distribute electricity into the Depot from the solar array to be used to charge the eRCVs and a battery storage system will ensure that electricity generated can be retained for use when needed within the Depot i.e. for eRCV charging once collection rounds are finished.


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