Trumpington Residents Getting Smarter

Trumpington Residents Get Smarter

Members of the Energy Investment Unit and our partner Bouygues Energies & Services had the pleasure of presenting to the Trumpington Resident’s Association on the 25th of April. They were describing plans for an innovative new smart energy grid project to be built at Trumpington Park and Ride.  It would be the second the team develops, after a demonstrator project at the St Ives Park and Ride. 

TPR SEG Concept Presentation

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The proposal involves just over 2MW of clean electricity to be generated by solar modules mounted on carports over the parking spaces.  Electricity will be stored in batteries to use when needed, such as for overnight lighting or sales to customers.  It forms part of a larger strategy to provide clean electricity to power low emission buses and autonomous vehicles.

The project will deliver nearly 2 million kWh of electricity, or enough to power 500 homes.  There should be no loss of parking spaces. 

 Residents expressed some concerns about glint and glare resulting from the panels, as well as concerns over the length of disruption and project financing.  A professional study of the impact of glint and glare on residents, businesses and drivers will be completed as part of the planning application.

 Next, the a business case for the project and a sister project at Babraham Park and Ride will be presented to the Commercial and Investment Committee for approval to continue on development.  If you’d like to be added to a mailing list for updates on the two projects, please email mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.