Solar PV - potential along Overground trackside

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In answer to 2016/2462 you stated that 'TfL continues to investigate the feasibility, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of deploying this technology'. Will you provide me with a) the scope of this feasibility work b) a timescale for completion and c) a pledge to publish the analysis of key sites where solar power generation could be deployed?


Answer for Solar PV - potential along Overground trackside

Answer for Solar PV - potential along Overground trackside

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL continues to look at how best to install additional solar generating capacity on its estate, and is working closely with the RE:FIT London programme.

Initial analysis of potential types of location indicates that mounting solar panels on the roofs of existing and new buildings is the best way to maximise the amount of clean energy generated for the capital investment required. TfL will now focus on developing detailed schemes for roof-mounted solar.

Although TfL owns significant amounts of track on the Underground, DLR and Tram networks, most of the tracks used by London Overground are owned by Network Rail (NR). It would therefore be for NR to develop its own plans for installing trackside solar generating equipment on the Overground network. TfL would of course be open to a discussion with NR.

I am delighted to have recently appointed Shirley Rodrigues as my Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. She will be leading the development of a solar plan, which will be incorporated into the London Environment Strategy, for the whole GLA family, to which TfL will contribute as its plans develop.