By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Bus Stop Sales

LEADING QUEENSLAND bus supplier Bus Stop Sales and Service has kicked off its ‘Going Green’ commitment prior to new electric bus products launching later this year, installing more than 400 roof-mounted solar panels on its massive Brisbane-based headquarters, it announced recently.

“This commitment to sustainability means an immediate reduction in carbon emissions across the site and highlights that we fully support carbon neutrality objectives," said Bus Stop Sales director Pete White.

In its move to solar power generation, as Australia’s biggest bus sales facility (by size), the company turned on its significant rooftop 100kW solar PV system (in excess of 400 individual panels) this month.

‘Going Green’ also involved replacing power-guzzling metal halide high bay lights and fluorescent office ‘tubes’ with efficient LED solutions, which use only a fraction of the original wattage for the same lumen output, the company explains.

Other energy-reduction initiatives, such as the installation of movement sensor lighting in low traffic areas and the commissioning of on-site water tanks for non-potable water needs – like the two on-site wash bays - have also been completed, it confirms.

With such a large site, there is also a need for on-site transport; a Varley electric-site vehicle has also replaced the diesel site-work utility, Bus Stop adds.

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[L-R] Pete White - dealer principal, Elise Ritson - office manager and David Galea - fixed operations manager. 



Bus Stop Sales engaged leading renewable and energy management consultancy firm QGE to design and manage the grid connection of the program, it states.

The 100kW solar-panel system was the largest allowable before moving to a large-scale generator model - and a system of this size allows the site to export more electricity to the grid each year that it consumes, the company explains.

Bus Stop Sales director Pete White said: "The entire program was an opportunity to offer team members and partners a working demonstration of renewable energy initiative in reality and will hopefully encourage others to have a greater interest in sustainability more broadly."

"This commitment to sustainability means an immediate reduction in carbon emissions across the site and highlights that we fully support carbon neutrality objectives.  

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"Strategically, this also supports our push to introduce leading electric bus products later this year," White explained.

"More and more, our industry is focused on moving to electric bus solutions and, in conjunction with our new range of leading e-bus products, we wanted to demonstrate that we both fully support and encourage our community to also support carbon-saving initiatives.

"It just makes sense; each LED high bay light installed uses under 20 per cent of the energy used by the older style lights that they replace and will last about five times longer.

"This is only the beginning, and we continue to seek ways to reduce our corporate environmental footprint each day.

"We would love to share any knowledge that we have learnt on this journey with industry for others to review and hopefully follow," White said.

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