Work has commenced on the new eco-friendly bus facility in Glasgow. The new facility will provide enough space for up to 450 buses and more than 1,200 employees, making it the largest bus depot in the UK. The new facility aims at also being one of the greenest depots of its kind with various renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures being integrated such as photovoltaics on the roof of the depot. The solar panels will generate between 175,000 and 185,000 kilowatts per hour of electricity a year—enough to power around 40 houses per year. In addition, rainwater harvesting will be introduced so that roof water can be used in the bus wash, saving an estimated 2.2 million liters of water per year. Other initiatives include low-energy lighting, and the fitting of new fuel tanks with intelligent monitoring, which will allow instantaneous readings of all fluids and will automatically re-order supplies. The system orders automatically to avoid overfilling and reduce environmental risks and can also detect any water contamination. Construction is due to be complete in October 2014 with the site fully operational in November next year.
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