The two firms have been working with each other for more than four years for adding value to the landfill portfolio of the French company by developing various solar farms.

As per Veolia, the landfill to energy project can be potentially introduced in a number of the restored landfills it manages in the UK.

The waste and resources specialist has so far secured planning permission in this regard for three sites in Hampshire’s Netley, Warwickshire’s Ling Hall and Essex’s Ockendon.

The three sites will have a combined capacity of more than 70MW which can power 185,000 homes. Power generated from the sites will be transmitted to the National Grid.

Veolia stated that it is carrying out the landfill to energy project along with improvements in the biodiversity at various landfills to preserve the UK’s ecology.

REG Power Management development director Matt Partridge said: “For over four years, REG Power Management has built a sound business relationship with Veolia and today we remain focused on the delivery of further, commercially robust solar farms at Netley, Ockendon and Ling Hall.”

According to Veolia UK and Ireland senior executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff, green energy generation is taking place at the Netley landfill site where an installed solar farm is likely to provide power for nearly 13,000 residences annually.

Brachlianoff added: “This came online in spring 2017 and following the success of this site we’re working with our partners to extend the capacity at Netley up to twelve megawatts, while rolling out this project across other landfill sites, including Ling Hall near Rugby and Ockendon in Essex.”

WIth the total landfill occupying 2,000 hectares in the UK, Ethical Power investment director Stuart Whiteford says it can potentially house 800MW of solar generation.

Image: The Netley solar farm in Hampshire. Photo: courtesy of REG POWER MANAGEMENT.