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Visit to Greater Manchester Solar Farm and Thermal Recovery Facilities

The Manchester Retired Members Group of the IET has organised a double site visit event to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority's (GMCA) Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Solar Farm and Thermal Recovery Facility ( TRF ), or their Household Waste Recovery Centre if the TRF is off-line for maintenance.

Greater Manchester has launched in March 2019 a 5-Year Environmental plan, which set out their long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038. Solar farm and waste recovery are just two of many facilities and actions to achieve the plan.

At full capacity, the solar farm is set to produce around 2 million kWh of electricity every year, which is enough to power approximately 600 homes. It comprises over 8,000 individual solar panels across 6.8 acres (296,208 square feet). Carbon savings is estimated to be over 1,100 tonnes per annum, contributing to the 48% carbon reduction target for Greater Manchester.

The Thermal Recovery Facility (TRF) in Bolton generates enough power to operate the facility, plus approximately 7MW of electricity, which is then transferred to the National Grid. Thermal Recovery is a process by which the energy produced from burning waste is used to create electricity. The waste is burned at high temperatures turning the carbon and hydrogen present in the original waste into carbon dioxide and water respectively.

GMCA has a network of 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) for Greater Manchester residents to recycle and dispose of their household waste safely. GMCA works with local councils to inspire and encourage the residents of Greater Manchester to manage their waste responsibly, helping residents to see the value of waste and the real benefits that can be achieved by wasting less and recycling right.

Further details concerning location and Health & Safety etc. information will be sent to registrants.

There is an age restriction of minimum 10 Years old and any children must be accompanied by an adult.



Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


12 Sep 2019

10:30am - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 09/12/2019 10:30 09/12/2019 15:00 Visit to Greater Manchester Solar Farm and Thermal Recovery Facilities This is a 2-sites visit to Greater Manchester’s Solar Farm & Thermal Recovery Facility (TRF), or Household Waste Recovery Centre if the TRF is off line for maintenance. This is part of Greater Manchester’s 5-years Environmental Plan & to be carbon neutral by 2038. Back Manchester Rd W, Little Hulton, Manchester M38 9XH, UK


Manchester Local Network

Registration Information

Please register a free place from the web link below:




Greater Manchester Recycling Centre

Salford Road
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom




10:30 - 11:30 Solar Farm

13:00 - 15:00 Thermal or Waste Recovery & Management Plant

Please arrive 10 mins early at all venues