Sheffield Interchange turns to solar


Henry Boot Construction’s Renewables Division, Tropo, has secured a contract to deliver the first part of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE) programme to significantly reduce carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy.


Tropo is working on behalf of SYPTE to install solar panels on the roof of Sheffield Interchange. The panels will generate enough energy to power an average of four households, significantly reducing carbon emissions and saving around £4,000 a year.


Martin Cornally, PV manager for Tropo, said: “Sheffield Interchange is the main bus station in central Sheffield. The facility features an unusual curved roof that will enable the team to install two solar PV systems to maximise the building’s potential to create renewable energy.


“Taking advantage of this design feature, we will be installing one system on the south roof and one on the west roof. Having completed similar double system installations in recent months, we’re very keen to get started and enable the Interchange to generate renewable energy.”


Dave Woodhouse, Chief Surveyor for Henry Boot Construction, adds: “SYPTE were not only impressed with our knowledge of the subject of renewable energy but, critically, our competency to work safely in a very busy city centre transport interchange.”


David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “We are pleased to be working with Henry Boot to install solar panels at Sheffield Interchange as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality across South Yorkshire.


“During these difficult economic times we must look for ways to make sustainable savings whilst limiting the effect on public transport users. By introducing these panels we will save around £4,000 without compromising the customer offer.”


Work is due to start on site in August and the Sheffield Interchange will remain fully operational during the installation.


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