Six bin trucks get the solar treatment as part of new link up with technology firm

The vehicles, operated by Totally Local Company, will use solar power to help reduce emissions

Six bin trucks get the solar treatment as part of new link up with technology firm

Six bin lorries in Stockport will be powered by the sun thanks to a link-up with a leading technology company.

Here at Stockport Council, we’re working hard to achieve our target to be net zero by 2030.

In 2021, we launched our initial ‘Climate Action Now’ (CAN) plan which underpins our strategy to achieve net zero emissions through: reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and infrastructure, promoting and enabling cycling, walking and use of public transport, promoting a less wasteful, low carbon economy and increasing renewable energy supply across the borough.

On our journey to create a more climate friendly borough, and in partnership with Totally Local Company we’re working to take action and that’s why we’ve teamed up with TRAILAR.

TRAILAR is the market leader in solar transport technology, with the mission to make commercial vehicles ‘greener’. Ultra-thin solar panels are fitted to the roof space of existing or new vehicles, the fitted technology actively reduces the vehicles emissions by reducing fuel consumption, with solar energy powering all onboard electrical equipment.

TRAILAR has now been installed on six bin lorries operated by Totally Local Company in Stockport and it is estimated that by using this solar technology each of these trucks will save up to 400 litres of fuel and more than 1,000KG of carbon emissions each year.

In addition, there may also be other potential savings brought about by the benefits of improved battery care and a vehicle tracking system that allows performance to be checked in real time through the systems telematics platform.

Cllr Mark Roberts, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Stockport Council, said: “We want Stockport to be carbon neutral by 2038 and we’re working hard to make it a greener, smarter more enterprising place. When the opportunity was presented to work with a local firm and their market leading environmental technology we couldn’t turn it down.

“This technology harnesses solar energy to reduce the volume of fuel required to generate the power that runs all on-board electrical equipment minimising the vehicles emissions.

“The TRAILAR telematics platform will allow us to accurately gauge the benefit that Stockport is obtaining from Solar. We are really looking forward to working with the TRAILAR team."

TRAILAR supports more than 100 commercial fleets in 15 countries around the world to reduce their environmental impact, supporting them to tackle emissions as well as providing valuable communications insight.

Ian Hulme, Business Development Manager at TRAILAR, added: “I’m really pleased that TRAILAR has now started to support the decarbonisation of the refuse truck fleet in Stockport. I’m looking forward to working closely with Stockport Council and Totally Local Company to increase the fleets utilisation of our solar technology, to tackle air quality and fossil fuel emissions."