With potential financial savings of up to £1.1 million ($1.7 million) and working with renewable energy company Visolaris and Renewable Energy Investment (REI), Stagecoach says that over the course of the 20-year project some 3 million kg of CO2 is expected to be saved.
Solar panels have already been fitted at its Chesterfield depot and work is underway at the company’s Daw Bank bus depot in Stockport. Chesterfield has a 250 kWp installation of 962 solar panels, while in Stockport a 280 kWp system of 1076 solar panels will be installed.
According to a statement, it is anticipated that the project will also be rolled out to other Stagecoach depots across the UK.
Virtually all of the locally generated electricity will be used by each site, any excess capacity will be sold to the grid by partners Visolaris and REI.