ENGIE to partner with TfL to expand solar PV & battery energy use
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded ENGIE a contract to install solar panels with associated battery storage and to implement energy conservation measures on the TfL estate.
The contract, awarded under the RE:FIT framework will be delivered alongside the Mayor of London’s Energy for Londoners programme and builds on an existing strategic partnership between the two organisations, in which some 300 ENGIE staff are already providing technical services to TfL.
The on-going first phase of the programme, estimated at £5 million, will be delivered across 24 locations including depots, river piers, bus stations, train crew accommodation and the Acton Railway Engineering Workshop. The initiative forms part of the London Environment Strategy to be a zero-carbon city by 2050.
The first new panels will be installed from early 2019, potentially providing 1.1 MW of solar generated power for TfL, adding to the 245kW of power provided by existing solar panels on the TfL estate. Combined, they are expected to cut TfL’s CO2 emissions by around 480 tonnes a year.
In parallel, ENGIE will be engaged in a range of other energy saving measures, such as upgrading heating and lighting systems.
Wilfrid Petrie, CEO of ENGIE in the UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Transport for London with this solar PV and energy efficiency programme, which will not only lower energy costs and optimise the use of TfL’s estate but will also provide broader benefits to London inhabitants and businesses by improving air quality. ENGIE is committed to providing solutions for cities like London to reduce carbon emissions and enable greater efficiency.”
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, commented: “Across TfL, we are committed to doing whatever we can to be as energy efficient as possible. Improving London’s air quality and reducing our impact on the environment are key elements of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and expanding our solar capability across the business will ensure we do this in a cost efficient and technologically-advanced way.”