London Mayoral hopeful pushes for greener Crossrail

The Green Party’s Mayoral candidate Sian Berry has announced plans to set up a new London Energy Company to ensure Crossrail is powered by 100 per cent clean electricity.

The proposed company would operate as a subsidiary of Transport for London and would be tasked with installing solar panels across its own 5,700-acre estate of stations, depots, offices, other commercial units and brownfield sites. It would then alsoSian Berry support solar farms on the outskirts of London that would ultimately seek to cover 100 per cent of the power required by Crossrail.

“There is huge potential in London for a wide range of low- and zero-carbon technologies to be used to generate heat and electricity from the sun, the wind, the ground and air using heat pumps, gas created from waste, and from London’s tides and river flows,” Berry said.

“Unfortunately Boris Johnson hasn’t even bothered to push solar PV. That means London has missed out on the UK’s solar revolution, with cities in the north of England and even Scotland installing more panels per home than London, even though we get more sun in the south. Our London Energy Company will work to turn this situation around.”

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