Latin America will have the first fully sustainable underground station with photovoltaic panels – which convert sunlight into electricity.
The pilot project, a result of a partnership between the Metro-(Distrito Federal) and a Chinese company, will be deployed at Guariroba Station in Ceilândia (Federal District, Brazil). The objective is to minimize environmental impacts caused by the service.
The metropolitan company is planning the opening of the first station with photovoltaic panels to September this year, as part of an action Sustainable Metro program, launched last April 21, the governor Rodrigo Rollemberg.
“The Guariroba Station will be the fourth in the fully self-sufficient world in terms of electricity and will be an example in Latin America. Milan, New York and New Delhi already have stations with photovoltaic panels,” said the president of Metro-DF, Marcelo Dourado. The company plans to extend the project for another 23 seasons of the Federal District. The energy captured will be used to supply the platform, ticket office, but not the trains, and what is left will be sold to Companhia Energetica de Brasilia (CEB).
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