All aboard the solar train?

10:10 Climate Action have published a report on how solar PV can be connected to trains running DC traction using a third rail, as in London, Merseyrail and elsewhere.

Grid capacity constraints mean new renewable generating capacity can no longer connect affordably across whole regions of the UK.

Withdrawal of subsidies for solar PV means only developments with an on-site final customer are now commercially viable.

Traction power demand from railways is increasing, and railway operators could be supplied with track-connected solar that is both lower cost and much lower carbon than grid-supplied electricity.