MONTROSE Station’s own wind turbine is now up and running and generating green power for the building’s own use.
The station has become the first staffed premises in Scotland to produce its own wind power following the completion last week of ScotRail’s £75,000 turbine project.
The structure is only the second to be erected on the Scottish rail network. The other is at the remote, unstaffed Corrour station, on Rannoch Moor in the West Highlands.
The 5kW turbine, sited at the south end of the station’s car park, is now generating electricity to help power heating, lighting and information signs.
ScotRail has said it expects the 30-feet high turbine to create up to 9,000kWh of eco-friendly energy annually.
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail managing director, said: “This is a landmark project for Scotland’s railways.
“The turbine is reducing carbon emissions without impacting on the quality service we offer our customers at Montrose.”
The project has been made possible with support from Transport Scotland and has received full backing from Transport Minister Keith Brown.
Mr Brown said: “I am encouraged that ScotRail has successfully installed this wind turbine which will power the electrical needs of the station and help to deliver further reductions in carbon emissions in Scotland.
“This builds upon previous work to install PV panels at four stations and I look forward to seeing a continuing roll out of this funding to reduce energy consumption and progress Scotland’s railways’ environmental performance.”
The project had received planning permission from Angus Council, as well as landlord’s consent, prior to Scotrail’s announcement of the scheme in March this year.
It is the second environmental project to take place at the station during the last 12 months. ScotRail worked with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the High Street Regeneration Group last summer to install bird’s eye viewers, allowing customers to view and appreciate the Basin’s bird population including pink-footed geese and red knot.