Wind turbines to power Scotland’s railways

A Scottish railway operating company has been given the green light to install two wind turbines at a West Lothian railway depot. They are expected to produce 14,000kWh of electricity […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A Scottish railway operating company has been given the green light to install two wind turbines at a West Lothian railway depot.

They are expected to produce 14,000kWh of electricity – enough to power a small station like Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld in Scotland – and save almost eight tonnes of carbon emissions every year. ScotRail also expects to save around £4,500 in energy bills per year, which it plans to reinvest in more renewable energy schemes on Scotland’s railways.

Managing Director Steve Montgomery said: “We are pleased to receive planning approval for these two turbines, which will have a positive impact on the environment and help us save money for use in further exciting eco-friendly projects.”

The 17.75 and 14.75 metre high turbines, supplied by renewables firm Evance, will be installed in the car park and is expected to start generating electricity by early August. Montrose station was the first staffed station last summer in Scotland to source its own energy.

Last month Northern Rail told ELN how it plans to cut its diesel use through its responsible driving programme.