This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort between the council and technology company Vision Techniques, who also provide 360 degree cameras to ensure safe operation of WLDC lorries.
The project was financed through a dedicated fund for climate initiatives with a focus on creating a positive impact on the community and the environment. It aims to pay back within four years from fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs, thereby funding future projects.
The installation of VT Solar on waste collection vehicles aims to significantly reduce the fleet's fuel consumption, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and lower operational costs, all while continuing to provide award-winning and reliable waste collection services to the district's residents.
‘By harnessing the power of solar energy, we are taking a significant step towards a more sustainable future for our district,’ said Cllr Stephen Bunney, chair of the Environment and Sustainability Member Group and a key advocate for the project.
‘This initiative demonstrates our dedication to finding innovative solutions to combat climate change and reduce our carbon footprint.’
Dave Smith, Vision Techniques' general manager, commented: ‘Demand has increased for new technology that will increase fleet performance and help reduce costs as well as emissions. We work with over 90% of the UK's local authorities, so we can be trusted to know exactly what they need and are best placed to advise them on how to improve the safety of roads for all users.’