Five Victorian train stations have reduced their peak summer electricity use by as much as 30 per cent, through the installation of solar power and energy efficient lights and appliances.
The stations were built or upgraded as part of the state government’s Regional Rail Link project, using more than 100 solar panels to provide power and hot water, as well as LED lighting, energy efficient smart technology, sustainable building design, and a rainwater harvesting system for use in flushing toilets and washing platforms.
As a result of the changes, all five stations – including Footscray, West Footscray, Sunshine and new railway stations in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit – have become the first in Australia to receive 4 Star Green Star certification from the Green Building Council Australia.
The upgraded West Footscray station, for example, produces 40 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a standard station design, uses 60 per cent less water and in the middle of summer its maximum electrical demand is 30 per cent lower.
Other sustainability features include environment friendly air conditioning and ventilation systems, extensive natural light, sensors that automatically switch off or reduce the use of lighting and air-conditioning systems when they are not required, water efficient taps, urinals and toilets, and metering of water and electricity to track and manage consumption.