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Plans for wind to keep trains on time

Scottish train operator First ScotRail has lodged a planning application for a 6kW wind turbine to supply Leuchars Station in Fife.

The turbine would meet all electricity needs for the station building, including heating and lighting and would also be connected to the national grid.

The plan comes as part of First ScotRail’s climate change strategy aimed at reducing its carbon footprint. Funding for the à‚£29,000 (US$58,000) scheme has come from Transport Scotland, which is encouraging businesses to address climate change.

Stewart Cahill, First ScotRail’s environmental manager, stressed that other locations are being looked at and another station site could be chosen at a future date.
The turbine manufacturer is Proven Energy, based in Stewarton, Ayrshire and the application states the wind turbine would be mounted on a 15 metre mast at the end of the station platform.

Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said: ‘This government believes that a key role of the planning system is to support a move towards new low and zero carbon developments through the use of energy efficient, microgenerating and decentralised renewable energy systems.’