Solar panel scheme for bus stations to cut carbon emissions and energy costs in West Yorkshire
The solar panels would save an estimated 393 tonnes of carbon over a 25-year period and reduce energy consumption from the national grid.
16 March 2023
Solar panels could be installed at seven bus stations around West Yorkshire, if a scheme to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs is approved next week.
Members of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Climate, Energy and Environment Committee will discuss the plans on Tuesday, March 21.
The solar panels would be put up at Batley, Bradford Interchange, Brighouse, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Keighley and Ossett bus stations.
They would save an estimated 393 tonnes of carbon over a 25-year period and reduce energy consumption from the national grid, slashing energy costs by £1.7 million over this period.
The scheme is one of many being delivered by the Combined Authority as part of its work to tackle the climate emergency and create a net zero region by 2038 at the latest.
Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of the Climate, Energy and Environment Committee and Leader of Calderdale Council, said:
“West Yorkshire is already home to the UK’s first solar powered park and ride facility and now we’re taking our ambition even further.
“This scheme will transform existing buildings into sustainable renewable energy sources which will reduce carbon emissions and save money.
“As we continue our work to tackle the climate emergency and transition to a net zero carbon region, this is exactly the type of project we need to invest in.”
If the scheme is approved, installation of the solar panels will begin in May.
Other items on the Committee’s agenda include an update on further funding for flood alleviation schemes around the district and plans to retrofit more homes, making them cheaper to heat and run.
To watch a live stream of the Climate, Energy and Environment Committee, visit the Combined Authority’s website.