Three railway stations in Fife are generating their own solar power for the first time ever.
A total of 48 solar panels have been installed on the roofs of Dunfermline Town, Kirkcaldy and Leuchars stations. They will produce 3,300kWh of electricity at each site annually.
The panels are helping directly power lighting, heating and information signs at the stations by capturing the sun’s energy.
Photovoltaic solar panels produce electricity by capturing radiation from the sun’s rays and converting it into electricity.
Jackie Parker, who has been a ScotRail station staff member at Dunfermline Town for eight years, said: “I am delighted that our station is one of the first to benefit from the solar panels project.”
Stewart Cahill, ScotRail’s environmental compliance manager, said: “This is an exciting £50,000 project as part of ScotRail’s ongoing efforts to further enhance its environmental performance.
“By introducing the photovoltaic tiles in Fife, ScotRail is reducing its carbon emissions without impacting on the quality service we offer our customers.”
All power generated by the solar panels is being used at the stations, with none being sold back to the National Grid.
Transport Minister Keith Brown praised the ScotRail initiative. He said: “I am encouraged that ScotRail is making a positive contribution to carbon emissions reduction in Scotland and look forward to further similar projects to improve the environmental performance of Scotland’s railway.”