BUSWAYS’ SEC­OND SO­LAR-POW­ERED DE­POT

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Pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tor Busways is now mostly us­ing re­new­able en­ergy to power its Gos­ford, NSW, bus de­pot, the com­pany an­nounced re­cently.

Busways says it’s pow­er­ing its Kin­cum­ber bus de­pot on the NSW Cen­tral Coast with re­new­able en­ergy to fur­ther re­duce its car­bon foot­print and de­liver a clean, sus­tain­able fu­ture.

The new 99.6kW so­lar sys­tem in­stalled across the de­pot’s work­shop roof means, on av­er­age, 90 per cent of the de­pot’s power comes from the sun, the com­pany con­firms.

“On sunny days we are run­ning the de­pot 100 per cent emis­sions-free for over 10 hours!” Busways sus­tain­able projects lead Tim Reid said.

“We’ve also re­placed all old light­ing at the de­pot with LED, re­duc­ing use of elec­tric­ity by 20 per cent.”

The $160,000 so­lar sys­tem is ex­pected to pro­duce more than 150 megawatts of elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally – equiv­a­lent to pow­er­ing 40 Cen­tral Coast homes, or the an­nual car­bon emis­sions gen­er­ated by 47,512 litres of petrol or saved by plant­ing 2,860 trees, Busways ex­plains.

ZERO EMIS­SIONS

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor By­ron Rowe says Busways is con­stantly work­ing to pro­vide a more sus­tain­able pub­lic trans­port net­work.

“We’re proud to be mak­ing this an­nounce­ment ahead of World En­vi­ron­ment Day [June 5]. In 2020, we will be in­tro­duc­ing the first elec­tric buses into our fleet as part of the NSW Govern­ment’s move to­wards a zero-emis­sions bus fleet, among other projects in our pipe­line to help fur­ther re­duce our en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print,” he said.

Rowe adds that as a bus com­pany with 16 de­pots and a fleet in ex­cess of 800 in NSW – and more com­ing with Busways’ new Ade­laide Metro con­tract start­ing in July – it’s im­por­tant to re­duce emis­sions where pos­si­ble.

LONG-TERM PLAN

The new in­stal­la­tion at the Gos­ford de­pot fol­lows the suc­cess­ful in­stal­la­tion of so­lar power pan­els at Busways’ largest de­pot in Pen­rith, in 2019, which has seen sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in green­house gas emis­sions, the com­pany states.

Busways plans to in­stall so­lar pan­els at its other de­pots over the next few years, it con­firms.

“On sunny days we are run­ning the de­pot 100 per cent emis­sions-free for over 10 hours.”

Other sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives for the com­pany in­clude: re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for pa­per, plas­tics, soft plas­tics and me­tals; com­post­ing bins across de­pots and of­fices; sev­eral com­mu­nity gar­dens; and ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to utilise pub­lic trans­port as a shared trans­port means over sin­gle-oc­cu­pancy car travel.

Busways sus­tain­able projects lead Tim Reid at Busways’ Gos­ford, NSW, de­pot.

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