The Big Lemon Solar Bus Project

by The Big Lemon CIC in 

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On 10th October 2016 we successfully raised £25,825 with 172 supporters in 28 days

A pioneering community project to power zero-emission electric buses with solar panels on the roof of The Big Lemon's bus depot in Brighton

by The Big Lemon CIC in

The Project


Two community organisations - The Big Lemon Bus Company and Brighton Energy Coop - are joining forces in a UK first: zero-emission Solar Buses powered by solar PV on the roof of The Big Lemon's bus depot. 


The 120 solar panels will generate 30kWh of electricity – the equivalent of 1.8 million kettle boils. With almost zero emissions, the Solar Buses will reduce noxious emissions in some of Brighton and Hove's most polluted areas and will power the whole of the 52 route between Woodingdean and Brighton city centre on 100% renewable energy.



Using an innovative combination of three renewable technologies, the project will generate clean energy during the day, store it in a battery and then charge up the Solar Buses overnight. 


The Big Lemon is on a mission to bring zero-emissions electric buses to communities across the UK, all run by the local community and powered by renewable energy.  This pilot project will not only be great for Brighton & Hove, it will also be the first step towards making this vision a reality.


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