The Project

Byron Bay Railroad Company

The world’s first solar train has been launched in Byron Bay. The Byron Bay Railroad Company originally planned to run the train carriage on diesel engines but chose to put solar on the train for environmental reasons. "We decided to convert to solar," said Jeremy Holmes, development director of Byron Bay Railroad Company. "Technology had advanced rapidly and so we accelerated the conversion."

The solar train

The two-carriage heritage train was fitted out with 6.4kW of eArche solar panels and a large solar battery bank. The train operates on energy from the sun, with one diesel engine remaining solely as emergency back-up. eArche solar panels on the train and a solar array on the storage shed roof will generate sufficient energy to power the daily train service, charging the on-board battery.The revampedtrain will do 14 round trips a day between Byron Bay and Beach.

eArche Solar panel

Ultra-light, thin and flexible eArche solar panels can be easily applied to boats and vehicles which willtheir energy consumption. eArche is intended to change the way solar is deployed in the market, making solar energy more accessible and affordable for all.

ENERGUS

As an engineering based company, Energus uses science & data coupled with industry leading modelling tools to help clients understand the benefits of investing in solar energy. With over 70 years of combined experience within the solar industry, Energus has the experience to design solar systems that strike the balance between price, performance and reliability — thereby maximising the Return on Investment (ROI) of each system installed.

6.4 kWp Solar System

Location

Byron Bay, NSW

Date Completed

May 2017

System Capacity

6.4 kWp

Solar Panel

128 x 50W eArche

I think this is a world first.

Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes

It's a project that sits within our community values. It's a short track but hopefully it is scalable for the region.

Byron Shire Greens Mayor, Simon Richardson

The project has changed and morphed as it's gone along. Good on them for getting it off the ground.