UK bus operator Stagecoach has revealed plans to install solar across its portfolio of bus depots in the UK in order to reduce its carbon emissions.

A 250 kW installation has been installed at Stagecoach’s depot in Chesterfield and work is currently ongoing to fit a similar rooftop system on the roof of its Daw Bank depot in Stockport.

Stagecoach expects the vast majority of the electricity generated to be used on site, however any excess will be exported to the national grid. As much as £1.1 million is expected to be saved from Stagecoach’s energy bills over the installs’ 20-year lifespan.

The installations also fall under Stagecoach’s environmental targets, which form part of a five-year strategy produced alongside the Carbon Trust. Since 2007/08 Stagecoach has reduced its carbon intensity by 30%, and more specific targets relating to carbon emissions from its buildings have been put into place for 2019.

Source: Solar Power Portal