The £940k fund is going to be used to transform the council-owned car park on Duke Street in Glasgow into a solar power centre. The revamped car park will be primarily used to power the car park, which includes ten electric vehicle charging points.
The plan is to construct a huge canopy of solar panels on the roof of the car park to absorb energy covering the equivalent of 130 car parking spaces. It is expected it will be fully operational by 2019. Once its energy system is in place, it will be monitored and evaluated for two years before wider learning is shared.
It is hoped that in the future any excess power generated by the solar panels will be transferred to social housing at the neighbouring Drygate area. The fund will also be used to install a 500-kilowatt battery and a controller that will allow for storage and sharing of the energy generated via the solar panels within the district it is captured.
Glasgow Going Green
The car park scheme is part of a wider initiative to develop a sustainable energy district along a section of George Street and Duke Street that involves Tennent’s Brewery, University of Strathclyde, Scottish Power, Siemens, Transport Scotland, Wheatley Group and Glasgow City Council.
Glasgow is part of a wider consortium known as Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Demonstrations in Sustainable Energy Deployment (RUGGEDISED). As a whole, the Glasgow consortium will receive over €4m from the EU to develop a suite of sustainable energy measures within the ‘smart street’ George Street- Duke Street corridor.
Councillor Anna Richardson said:
“This is an exciting and dynamic project that can take Glasgow closer to our goal of becoming the most sustainable city in Europe. Horizon 2020 funding is only ever awarded for projects that can demonstrate innovation that has the potential to be picked up and used elsewhere.”
“We hope the Duke St scheme will eventually be replicated on car parks all across the city, but we also hope that other cities across Europe can learn from what’s happening in Glasgow. Developing robust relationships between all the organisations involved will be the key to the success of the Duke Street car park project.”
“It is far more efficient and cost-effective to gather and deliver energy locally and this project can show us a way to tackle fuel poverty. Sustainable energy districts have the potential to transform how we power Glasgow.”