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Astana Begins To Install Solar Panels On Public Transport Stops

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:12

As an experiment, solar panels have been installed on the roofs of five bus stops in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The purpose of this pilot project is to unload the city's electric grids through the energy savings obtained from alternative sources. “Solar batteries installed on the roofs of bus stops accumulate daylight, which allows to light such stops at night without having to connect them to external power networks. Such a power unit can accumulate almost 800 watts a day,” the press service of the city administration of Astana reported.


In accordance with the calculations, the roofed stops fitted with solar panels can be heated at the expense of their own resources even in severe frosts in winter. The administration of the capital specifically stressed that not a single tenge of budgetary money was spent on implementation of this project.


“This is a pilot project; it is fully implemented at the expense of the funds provided by private investors,” said Kali Bekzat, a specialist of the Energy Department of Astana.


As of today, solar panels have been installed at five city bus stops located near the shopping and entertainment centers Khan Shatyr, Keruen City, Asia Park, and also near the Center for Maternity and Childhood. According to the Energy Department of Astana, it is possible that the number of such “smart stops” will increase by the end of the year.


The new project correlates with the theme of the international exhibition EXPO 2017: “Energy of the Future.” Worth recalling, the exhibition is held in the capital of Kazakhstan from June 10 to September 10. It is devoted to the development of alternative energy sources.

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