Central Station upgrades powering towards a greener future
Sydney Metro’s transformation of Central Station is powering ahead sustainably with the introduction of the 116-year-old station’s first solar panels.
A total of 664 solar panels installed at Australia’s busiest railway station will produce 366.3 megawatt hours of solar energy each year, the equivalent amount of energy required to charge a Model 3 Tesla 6,783 times or power an average Australian home for 52 years.
The renewable energy generated from the solar array will power lights across three Central Station platforms and this will lower the electricity demand of Sydney Trains assets at the station by around 10 per cent.
The solar panels are fitted on top of new canopies above intercity railway platforms 12 to 14 and have no impact on the station’s heritage value.
The new solar array is expected to be operational in time for when metro services start at the station in 2024.
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