A London Bridge Goes Solar

Maureen Mcintrye

The Blackfriars Bridge in London with more than 4,400 photovoltaic panels. Photo credit: Solarcentury

For most of us, “solar” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of London.

So you may be surprised to learn that London is home to the world’s largest solar-powered bridge.

Photo credit: Network Rail

Built in 1886, Blackfriars Bridge spans the River Thames and carries trains across the river in central London. As part of a massive upgrade of the Blackfriars railway station, Network Rail and Solarcentury have created an iconic solar landmark.

On a clear day, the bridge and its solar roof are visible for miles, showcasing London’s commitment to sustainability for tourists and commuters alike.

Photo credit: Network Rail

The new roof sports more than 4,400 photovoltaic panels, which are expected to generate 935,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year and keep more than 455,000 kilograms (1 million pounds) of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

The 1.1-megawatt solar system provides 50% of the station’s electricity.

For more information, see Solarcentury (solarcentury.com) and Network Rail (networkrail.co.uk).

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