BP Amoco installs 100th solar petrol station

Oil giant claims big fall in installation costs at half-way point of 200 filling station programme

Oil firm BP Amoco has announced its 100th solar petrol station at a ceremony held at a filling station in Luxembourg on Friday. The company says its experience since starting last year to fit new petrol stations in ten lead countries with solar roof panels has enabled it to halve installation costs. Interim results of the project are to be presented tomorrow at a major European photovoltaic solar conference in Glasgow.

BP Amoco launched its 200 solar filling stations programme last spring, saying it was aiming at a total investment of US$50m (euros 53.76m) to create 3.5 megawatts capacity and become one of the world's largest single users of photovoltaic solar energy (ENDS Daily 14 April 1999).

The company's 100th solar station in Luxembourg is also its largest service station in Europe. BP Amoco today said that it was on track to reach its target of 200 grid-connected solar filling stations by the end of 2000. These are virtually all being installed in Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The company is now also planning installations in the USA to meet the target. A spokesperson said there were no plans currently to go beyond 200 solar stations.

Follow Up:
BP Amoco, tel: +44 20 74 96 40 00; 16th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition.

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