A Low Carbon Transport Hub with solar panels covering 132 car parking spaces has sparked into life in Stirling.

In response to the Climate Emergency, Stirling Council’s Castleview Park and Ride site has been transformed into a sustainable Low Carbon Transport Hub.

Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey visited the site today (Monday 5 July) to view the facility which aims to protect the environment and encourage more sustainable modes of transport.

The renewable energy generated will power 64 new integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger points to supplement the existing fast and rapid charger points already at the site, including:

  • 6 additional rapid (43/50kW) charger points: for those on long journeys needing a quick top up.
  • 18 additional fast (22kW) charger points: for tourists and shoppers topping up over a few hours.
  • 40 additional slow (7kW) charger points: for commuters or those who are leaving cars for long periods of the day.

The site is fully inclusive and provides EV charging bays designated specifically for blue badge holders, which offer access to rapid and slow chargers.

The solar canopies combine renewable energy and sustainable transport to generate low cost, renewable electricity for on-site electric vehicle charging and street lighting.

In addition, the solar canopies are integrated with a battery storage system to maximise the renewable energy used and to minimise losses.

The battery system has a storage capacity of 352kWh, which is 30% of the daily peak renewable energy generated, and discharges at a rate that allows all of the car chargers on site to be operational at the same time.

Strength of ambition

Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “The Castleview Low Carbon Transport Hub demonstrates the strength of ambition Stirling Council has in tackling the climate emergency and promoting sustainable travel.

“I’m pleased that the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund have been able to support the upgrades to the park and ride site. Not only does it offer a renewable energy source for electric vehicle charging through its expansive solar canopy – it’s promoting active and sustainable travel options to the city centre, helping to improve local air quality and promote healthier travel choices.

“All of this supports our ambition of phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and Scotland’s world leading commitment of net zero emissions by 2045.”

A massive step forward

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson said: “Castleview Low Carbon Transport Hub will generate roughly 250,000kWh annually, providing commuters, residents and visitors with increased opportunities for active and low carbon travel.

“With the electricity produced being used to power onsite buildings, car park lighting as well as charge vehicles, this is a massive step forward in our aims to meet our climate change targets and encourage more sustainable modes of transport.”

The project received over £1M funding through Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  This funding was made up of over £600K from ERDF and over £400K from Transport Scotland.

Local company FES were the successful contractor, following an open procurement process, and designed and built the integrated sustainable energy and transport element of the Low Carbon Transport Hub.

Commitment

Director with FES Support Services Ltd, Charlie Easton, said: “We were delighted to deliver the Castleview Low Carbon Transport Hub which is the second project in the A9 Electrification Scheme designed and delivered by FES Support Services Ltd, demonstrating our commitment to delivering a Carbon Neutral future.”

Additional active travel and low carbon opportunities from the site will include a safe crossing from the site and improved active travel path into the City Centre, to encourage site users to take more active forms of transport into Stirling city centre.

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Main Photo shows (from left), Cllr Jim Thomson; Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee; Cllr Christine Simpson; and Scottish Government Transport Minister, Graeme Dey.