Exciting solar-powered journey signalled

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, WA chief Scientist Peter Klinken, Professor Lyn Beazley and Busselton Jetty Inc Chair Jenny Sheehan
Camera IconVasse MLA Libby Mettam, WA chief Scientist Peter Klinken, Professor Lyn Beazley and Busselton Jetty Inc Chair Jenny Sheehan Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Busselton Jetty launched its innovative renewable electric solar train the Stocker Preston Express on Friday with WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken.

The 90-seat electric train will ferry visitors from the jetty information centre to the underwater observatory at the end of the 1.6km landmark.

Busselton Jetty Inc chairwoman Jenny Sheehan said there was a strong environmental focus behind every jetty initiative. “This is one of two solar-powered trains in the world which travels over the ocean,” she said.

“The solar technology has been well tested for longevity and efficiency over many years before implementation, which ensures the train will run on 100 per cent renewable energy.”

Professor Klinken said it was a very special day. “This project combines renewable technology, biodiversity and science tourism,” he said.

“This is the WA nature attraction of the year using renewable energy to power tourism.”

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