Stagecoach to power bus depots with Solar Energy

The Perth-based group estimates it will reduce operating costs by £1.1 million and cut annual carbon emissions by three million kilograms over 20 years at the two bus depots selected for initial development at Chesterfield and Stockport.

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Transport giant Stagecoach has unveiled plans for a 20-year carbon reduction project to power depots using solar energy.

The Perth-based group estimates it will reduce operating costs by £1.1 million and cut annual carbon emissions by three million kilograms over 20 years at the two bus depots selected for initial development at Chesterfield and Stockport.

Stagecoach said it anticipates the project “will also be rolled out to other Stagecoach depots across the UK”.

Solar panels have already been fitted at its Chesterfield depot, and Stagecoach said while it anticipates “virtually all” of the locally generated electricity will be used by each site, any excess power would be sold to the National Grid via its partners, renewable energy firm Visolaris and Renewable Energy Investment.

The Chesterfield depot will be powered from 962 solar panels, which are estimated will deliver 250 kilowatts an hour (Kwh) in peak operating conditions.

Stagecoach is also planning to install 1076 solar panels to power its Stockport depot, which will deliver peak output of 280 kWh.

Stagecoach regional director, Sam Greer, said: “This is a new and innovative project that we believe will, over time, help us to reduce our carbon footprint further as well as making financial savings.

“This is an example of how we can benefit from new technology at our existing sites to help minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and play our part in tackling the global challenge of climate change.”

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