Melbourne train stations go solar

Solar panels are being installed across Gardiner, Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh train stations in Melbourne as part of the $524 million level crossing removal project.

Project contractor John Holland, in conjunction with Energy Australia, is installing 625 solar panels as part of the project’s sustainability rating.

The solar systems have the capacity to generate up to 200 kilowatt-hours daily or roughly enough power to run 40 Victorian homes a year.

The new solar panels will be used to power ticket machines, platform and station lighting, and security systems.

The solar panels, which can be moved or adjusted if required, will also offset power usage at other stations along the Frankston line.

Thanks to the Alliance’s work with MTM and energy providers, solar power on stations could become the norm, rather than the exception, in future.

The solar panels at all four stations will be operational by the end of July 2017.

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