King’s Cross powered by solar

One of London’s major railway station has upped its green credentials and today switched on its new solar system. Covering more than 2,300 square meters, King’s Cross station claims the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

One of London’s major railway station has upped its green credentials and today switched on its new solar system.

Covering more than 2,300 square meters, King’s Cross station claims the solar panels are combined into 1,392 custom-made glass units, making it one of the UK’s largest and most complex building-integrated solar system.

The 240 kilowatt-peak (kWp) capacity of panels are installed in an unusual pattern mounting system, which is expected to maximise the amount of electricity produced.

The £1.3 million project is part of Network Rail’s green building programme and is expected to generate around 175,000kWh of electricity and cut more than 100 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Phil Murray, Managing Director of Romag, which manufactured the PV units said: “King’s Cross is a fantastic example of how renewable technologies can be integrated into the fabric of a building and is testament to what can be achieved to reduce carbon emissions, particularly in a listed building in an urban area.”

The panels are expected to provide around 10% of the stations energy needs.