Florida Power and Light (FPL) has planted its 100th solar tree in the state of Florida at Virgin Trains USA’s West Palm Beach station.
This is the latest development in the newest member of the Virgin family’s efforts to implement green initiatives through the development and operations of its trainsets and company.
Each tree is capable of producing up to three kilowatts of solar energy – enough to power an electric vehicle 15,000 miles per year. These solar trees also serve as a powerful reminder that we have tremendous opportunities to harness the sun’s power. FPL also provides biodiesel for Virgin Trains USA’s Florida trains, which are three times more fuel efficient than flying and twice as efficient as driving.
Each tree is capable of producing up to three kilowatts of solar energy – enough to power an electric vehicle 15,000 miles per year.
As Virgin Trains USA commented: “The vision of the company is to reignite passenger rail in America and we’ve identified a number of corridors that are too short to fly and too far to drive. The mission and mindset of environmental sustainability is at the heart of Virgin Trains USA. This vision is already playing out in Florida where our service runs from Miami to West Palm Beach and soon construction will begin on our expansion to Orlando.”
In Florida, Virgin Trains USA estimate they will eliminate at least three million cars from roadways every year. Virgin Trains USA are also finalising plans to connect Las Vegas and Southern California with future routes.
Based on recent studies from their engineering team, Virgin Trains USA expect to remove at least 4.5 million cars off the congested I-15 corridor and 645 million pounds of carbon emissions each year. This will have a positive impact on air quality in California and Nevada. Head over to the website to find out more.