Forrest has completed the installation of a 3mW floating solar array at Godley Reservoir in Greater Manchester. The installation is one of the largest floating PV system’s in Europe.

The system consists of 12,000 solar panels floating on the reservoir’s water and covers an area of 45,500 sq m. Here are the facts…

  • 14 articulated lorries delivering thousands of PV panels
  • 86 articulated lorry delivering 29,263 primary and secondary floats
  • 46 steel anchors
  • 24 LV energy cables from sides to floating pontoons
  • 24  string combiner boxes
  • 1 wooden jetty
  • 1 Forrest boat with electric motor


The scheme provides United Utilities with 2.7 GWh per year of renewable, zero carbon power to be used directly by the site.