Guernsey Post installing large solar power station

In partnership with Guernsey Electricity, Guernsey Post has announced plans to install the biggest solar power station in the Channel Islands.

According to the postal operator this new installation is set to generate the same amount of power as required to power its entire fleet of vehicles. Guernsey Post is moving toward a fully electric fleet.

Boley Smillie, Chief Executive of Guernsey Post explained: “I am very excited about the significance of this partnership with Guernsey Electricity.  The prospect of an entirely electric vehicle fleet, the elimination of exhaust emissions and helping generate our vehicle energy requirements by solar power is within our grasp; it is no longer just an aspiration.

“Our investment in electric vehicles has been a real success.  Both maintenance and running costs are significantly lower than that of the fossil fuel alternatives.  The positive impact on the environment is also significant.  To put this into perspective, the benefit of an electric vehicle fleet rather than diesel means we will avoid producing more than 150 tons of carbon a year.”

By the end of 2018 Guernsey Post will have 40 electric vehicles in its delivery fleet, with a commitment to increase this number to 80 by the middle of 2019, at which time all the vehicles used for delivery within the Bailiwick will be electric.