Trackside Solar Panels Could Save Operator Millions

February 23, 2015

Installing solar panels alongside railway track in the UK could potentially generate 2.44 GW electricity, around 40 per cent of the electricity Network Rail currently uses to power trains, and save £30m annually…

Although Network Rail would be unlikely to be able to fund the installation itself, estimated to cost £2.9bn, WSP says it would be an attractive investment to a third party investor.

WSP’s renewable energy expert Barny Evans said: “A scheme like this could generate revenue of £235m in its first year, a return on investment of over eight per cent…

Read the rest of the story at WSP (“in combination with Parsons Brinckerhoff, [we are] one of the world’s leading professional services consulting firms…”)

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