Westlakes Science & Technology Park in Cumbria has appointed contractor Forrest to deliver a ‘pioneering’ transformation of its site to become grid independent for power and heat.
The two-square-mile site near Whitehaven is home to several firms working in the nuclear, energy and technology sectors.
Site owner Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) intends to transform the site with a ‘Low Carbon Energy Masterplan’ that will combine low carbon power generation and heat solutions to minimise the Park’s carbon footprint.
Contractor Forrest has now been appointed to mastermind the project and deliver fully-integrated solutions such as smart micro-grids, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, energy storage, energy efficiency measures and demand-side response technology.
‘Exciting first step’
In a statement, BEC said their decision to award the contract to Forrest was partly due to their role in the innovative ‘floating solar’ array at Godley Reservoir in Greater Manchester - Europe’s largest floating solar farm.
Joe Martin, head of funding and energy at BEC, said: “This is a really exciting first step for us. Our ambition for Westlakes Science & Technology Park is to become self-sufficient with renewable ener-gy.
“This will benefit our customers on the Park and provide resiliency against rising energy prices while reducing our carbon footprint. The Park is at the centre of the Energy Coast and our aim is to ensure that it continues to support the growth and development of the UK’s low carbon energy sector.”
Michael Pemberton, chief executive of BEC, added: “With the property industry responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, the intersection between property and energy has never been under more scrutiny, we want to lead positive industry change with this scheme.”