21 October 2021: Rooftop solar, battery storage helping put electric buses on Australian roads
A fleet of 40 electric buses is being put on roads in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and along with chargers, a stationary battery storage system will be installed at their depot.
It will be the country’s first project to transition diesel buses to electric. The central government is investing AU$29.5 million (US$22.05 million) into it, including AU$24.5 million from its Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and AU$5 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
A joint venture (JV) between transmission network operator TransGrid and UK-headquartered energy storage and mobility solutions company Zenobe will carry out the project, supported by local transport authorities.
retrofit fit to the Leichhardt bus depot will include 324kWh and 422kWh batteries, five 120kW bus chargers, 31 separate 80kWh chargers, 388kW of solar PV on the rooftop and 2.5MW / 4.9MWh of stationary battery energy storage system (BESS) technology. The fleet is being introduced over the next six months with the first 12 buses entering service during October.
State minister for transport Rob Stokes said New South Wales (NSW) is aiming to transition its entire fleet of 8,000 buses to electric by 2030. The “innovative financing model” for the new project meant that the 40 new buses will be delivered “at no extra cost to the NSW taxpayer”.
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