Scottish railway operator ScotRail has installed two wind turbines at the Bathgate railway depot in West Lothian, which marks the first installation of wind turbines at a ScotRail depot.
The 5kW turbines, manufactued by Evance Wind Turbines, produce 14,000kWh of electricity, which is sufficient to power a small railway station.
The R9000 turbines are expected to save eight tonnes of CO2 a year and reduce the rail operator’s yearly energy costs by an estimated £4,500.
According to ScotRail, the money saved will be reinvested in additional renewable energy programmes on Scotland’s railways.
The 17.75m-high wind turbines are located in the depot’s car park area, away from homes on the south side of the depot.
ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery said that the wind turbines at Bathgate are part of the company’s continual focus on providing a more environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient railway for Scotland.
"They will have a positive impact on the environment and help us save money for use in further eco-friendly projects," Montgomery said.
Scottish Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown said that the turbines will help deliver further reductions in carbon emissions and provide re-investment in more renewable energy schemes on railways.
"This is yet another milestone as we work towards improving Scotland’s railways’ environmental performance," he said.
The small wind turbines are financed by ScotRail under a franchise commitment.
Planning approval for the project was granted by West Lothian Council. The company received planning permission to install the two wind turbines at the West Lothian railway depot in June 2013.