SNCB/NMBS installs 6.100 solar panels
The Belgian railway company is continuing its plan for a more sustainable environment by installing 6.100 solar panels on the roof of its Forest/Vorst workshop. When production is high, they will also provide electricity to the company’s offices.
Last year the SNCB/NMBS installed 1.886 solar panels near the Schaerbeek station as part of its sustainability plan. This year the railway company goes even further by installing 6.100 solar panels on the roof of its Forest/Vorst workshop.
“The installation of these panels is part of our environmental plan”, explains SNCB/NMBS’s spokesperson, Élisa Roux. “We are trying to reduce the energy impact of our buildings and our paper consumption as much as possible.”
1,5 million kWh
“When the production is higher than necessary, this electricity will be injected in what we call the Midi loop”, adds the spokesperson. The Brussels South station and the company’s offices will therefore benefit from that green electricity.
It is estimated that the new solar panels will produce 1.500.000 kWh of electricity per year, which represents the yearly consumption of 430 households. In total the SNCB/NMBS’s solar installation produced 3 million kWh last year, or about 2,3% of the company’s consumption, but for 2018 that production should go up to 5 million kWh thanks to 21.800 solar panels.
These investments into renewable energy are part of the company’s new five-year plan for more sustainability. It will tackle different subjects, such as an efficient way to manage energy, reduce water and paper consumption, sort out waste, reduce noise pollution and continue soil remediation.
By 2022, the railway company plans on enhancing its efficiency by reducing its offices, stations and workshops’ energy consumption by 7% and reducing its train consumption by 5%.