In 2013, Oxford Bus Company was the Low Carbon Hub’s first community-owned solar PV installation. We have since expanded from this single rooftop to a renewable energy portfolio of 43 installations working with schools, businesses and community organisations across Oxfordshire.
In 2019, it’s fantastic to work with Thames Travel, another subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group, to install our 44th renewable energy site with a solar PV array at their bus depot in Didcot.
It has been great to work with the Go-Ahead Group once more in getting this project off the ground. This is also the first installation working with solar installer Noble Green Energy who have been expert in understanding the complexities of working at busy bus depot.
This project is the first of many new installations at the Low Carbon Hub that will form part of Project LEO, or Local Energy Oxfordshire - one of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, innovative, and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK.
LEO is one of four national demonstrator projects supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund and is a collaboration between industry, academia, councils, and social enterprise. The project will explore how we can best transition to a smarter, flexible energy system and how households, businesses and communities can both enable this and release its benefits.
The Low Carbon Hub’s renewable energy projects, starting with this Thames Travel installation, will provide clean energy generation, storage and data to demonstrate flexibility and energy services.
Find out more about Project LEO as it develops: https://project-leo.co.uk/
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- 50 kWp installed capacity
- 175 solar panels
- 46 300 kWh of annual generation
- 29% of energy needs met on site
- 19 Tonnes of CO2 saved a year
It’s appropriate that the first installation to be delivered as part of our new project LEO collaboration builds on our oldest partnership. This has been a very successful and exciting first step on a three-year journey that we are delighted to be able to play a key part in.
Tom Heel, Business Development Director
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