Rail

Valley Metro begins $2.8M light rail solar project

Posted on April 3, 2014

Valley Metro is installing a solar plant capable of generating 780 kilowatts of energy annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its light rail operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix.

The transit system’s board of directors recently approved award of the design-build construction contract at approximately $2.8 million to Natural Power and Energy LLC.

“Adding solar as an energy source expands our menu of daily sustainable practices at Valley Metro, which includes low-emissions fleet and water reclamation systems,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “We constantly strive to be a watchful consumer of energy and appreciate that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is supporting our entrance into solar power utilization.”

The plant is estimated to save the agency approximately 16% — $100,000 on average per year — of the energy consumption at the facility where light rail vehicles are serviced.

Valley Metro was awarded a $2.7 million federal grant through the FTA Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program for construction and installation of the solar photovoltaic plant. Additional funding was received through the APS Schools and Government Incentive program that provides $85,000 per year in Renewable Energy Credits for 20 years up to 40% — $1.36 million — of the total project cost.

The system should be operational in fall 2014.

The 780-kilowatt facility will produce 1.19 M kilowatt hours annually, or enough electricity for 100 homes per year.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Apple to introduce transit maps to iOS9

The directions would offer the ability to plan trips, getting estimated travel times for bus, train and subway transit methods.

NJ TRANSIT refutes report that its trains break speed regulations

CBS went to Secaucus Junction, a major rail hub, and the South Orange station armed with a speedometer app and a radar gun to clock trains as they passed through the stations, with a couple of trains traveling in excess of the 60 mph recommended for trains passing through stations.

San Francisco completes Central Subway tunnel portal entrance

The identical twin TBMs weighed-in at 750 tons each and were affectionately named Mom Chung — for Dr. Margaret “Mom” Chung, the nation’s first Chinese-American physician — and Big Alma — for San Francisco philanthropist and socialist “Big Alma” de Bretteville Spreckles.

House passes short-term extension of MAP-21

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed by a vote of 387 – 35 – 1.

Virginia Railway, GlobeSherpa rolling out new mobile app

The app, developed by GlobeSherpa, has an animated screen, with an image of the Washington, D.C., skyline and a constantly moving VRE train. The moving image serves as a security measure to keep hackers from using screen shots to mimic the app.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close