PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) examines the possibility of obtaining energy from renewable sources and has installed three photo-voltaic panels on its premises in Nowy Sącz. First tests show that the electricity produced will be able to provide power to small and medium-sized railway stations, like Zakopane.
The solar cells with an overall installed capacity of 58.2 kW can provide electricity for up to four medium-size houses.
The installation in Nowy Sącz will demonstrate how much can energy costs be reduced. According to the project, the lifespan of solar panels installation is 25 years, while the acquisition cost and installation works will pay off in 10-11 years.
PLK PLK’s first micro photo-voltaic installation of 3 kW capacity is located on the traffic control building in Katowice Stawiska. Currently, the infrastructure manager is collecting data that will enable PKP to evaluate the possibility of a wider use of renewable energy in buildings and stations, explains Radosław Burak-Romanowski, Director of the Office of Energy at PKP PLK.
PLK PLK is planing to store the temporary surplus of energy produced. The company is also interested in the possibilities offered by the use of solar power for heating water in its business offices.