MIVB/STIB installs another 2 000 solar panels on two sites
The Brussels public transport company, MIVB/STIB, is currently having more than 2 000 solar panels installed on the roofs of two of their sites in Brussels, Jacques Brel, and Schaerbeek.
From July, they will be put into operation as a new source of energy. With this installation, the company is continuing to transform its energy consumption in a more sustainable way gradually.
2 079 solar panels
The Jacques Brel metro depot, near the West Station in Molenbeek/Anderlecht, will have 1 959 panels on its roof, covering an area of 3 354 square meters. Electricity production is estimated at between 527 and 577-megawatt hours per year, and this should make it possible to cover, on average, around 14% of the site’s electricity needs.
At the tram depot in Schaerbeek, 120 panels will be installed over an area of 205 square meters. Electricity production there is estimated at between 32 and 35 MWh per year, covering, on average, 9% of the site’s electricity needs.
Focus on renewable energy
“MIVB/STIB’s environmental objectives do not only translate into the purchase of hybrid or electric vehicles,” says Brieuc de Meeûs, CEO of the public transport company.
“We also want to focus even more on renewable energy. The installation of solar panels responds to this objective, which is all the more important with the increase in electricity consumption that we expect as a result of the gradual evolution toward an electric bus fleet.”
Saving of more than 260 tons of CO2
MIVB/STIB has already installed solar panels on the roofs of the Marconi (Forest) and Ixelles sites. The company has 5 486 solar panels on all its locations, covering an area of 9 393 square meters, and producing around 1 500 MWh per year. This production of renewable energy enables MIVB/STIB to save between 261 and 286 tons of CO2 annually.
The electricity produced by the MIVB/STIB panels will represent the average annual electricity consumption of 402 to 440 Brussels households.
The installations at the Jacques Brel and Schaerbeek sites are part of the SolarClick program, financed by the Brussels Region, and piloted by Sibelga, the Brussels system operator for electricity and natural gas. In addition to the MIVB/STIB depots, 11 stations have also been equipped with photovoltaic panels by the Region.