TWO wind turbines will be installed at a West Lothian railway depot by Scotland’s main train operator.
ScotRail has been granted planning permission to put up the 5kW turbines at its Bathgate depot by early August. The 18m and 15m high turbines are estimated to save the rail operator around £4500 in energy bills each year.
The structures will be built away from homes on the south side of the depot. It will be the first time that wind turbines have ever been installed at a ScotRail depot.
The project, which will save almost eight tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, was recently ticked off by West Lothian Council.
Money saved by using the turbines will be ploughed into more renewable energy schemes on Scotland’s railways.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “I am encouraged that ScotRail is continuing to install renewable energy across its estate.
“This will be another milestone as we work towards improving Scotland’s railways’ environmental performance.”