Known as one of the most forward-thinking cities in the U.K., Brighton and Hove will soon be welcoming a small fleet of solar-powered buses. The project is being billed as a pilot for other cities in the U.K., as The Big Lemon says zero emissions bus services in every U.K. city by 2030 is the goal.
The Big Lemon coach company is completing the Solar Bus project in partnership with Brighton Energy Coop, and has already raised £250,000 (USD 310,000) in funding. A further £25,000 may be on its way to the project from the M&S Community Energy Fund, as it has been shortlisted along with some other projects to receive the extra cash.
Instead of installing the solar system on the buses themselves, The Big Lemon is planning on putting a 30 kWh solar array on the roof of the companys bus depot, alongside an energy storage unit. This will enable the buses to charge, estimated to take about 4 hours, once they are parked in the depot overnight.
Cost-effective and sustainable