UK bus firm to drive energy savings through solar

Solar panels will be installed at UK bus depots to reduce carbon footprint and operating costs. Stagecoach Group, which is responsible for the project, claims the electricity generated will “significantly” […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Solar panels will be installed at UK bus depots to reduce carbon footprint and operating costs.

Stagecoach Group, which is responsible for the project, claims the electricity generated will “significantly” reduce each depot’s electricity bills.

More than 900 solar panels have been installed at a site in Chesterfield with a capacity of 250KW.

More than 1,000 panels will also be installed at the Stockport depot which is expected to have a capacity of 280KW.

Together they are estimated to save more than three million kilograms of carbon emissions, with potential financial savings of up to £1.1 million.

The company stated the project will be rolled out at other Stagecoach depots across the UK.

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.”