WITH cheers from Bangkok commuters, Seacon Square shopping centre today (Apr. 28) unveiled Thailand’s first solar air-conditioned bus stop right in front of the complex in an effort to conserve energy and protect the environment, Matichon newspaper said.
In a collaboration with Cool Cool Co., Ltd. and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, 3 million baht was invested in building “Sabuy Square” pilot-project air-conditioned bus stop powered by solar energy at Seacon Bus Station on Srinakarin road.
Within the 40-square-metre bus stop which can accommodate 40 passengers are various facilities including free Wi-Fi service, USB sockets for charging mobile phones, public drinking water dispensers, CCTV cameras connected to the management’s system, emergency alarm system (Panic Button), along with a display of the buses due to arrive there.
The shopping complex’s management came up with the idea of building this cool bus stop to reward shoppers by making it comfortable for them to commute amid the current record-breaking hot summer and give something back to the society.
They will also be installing solar panels on the roofs of both their shopping centres, Seacon Square and Seacon Bangkhae, to generate clean energy and reduce PM2.5 and carbon dioxide pollution.
This will cover a total of 51,000 square metres with a power generation capacity of 8.5 megawatts.
“Sabuy Square” solar air-conditioned bus stop at Seacon Bus Station. Photos: Matichon