Sustainability

VTA kicks off power plant partnership

Posted on May 15, 2009

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has begun consuming electricity generated by solar power at its Cerone Bus Maintenance and Operations Division in North San Jose, Calif.

The new High Gain Solar power plant, which was dedicated on Friday, is built by Skyline Solar and is the first grid connected solar power plant built using Skyline Solar equipment, which solves the two main barriers to solar, cost and scalability, according to the company. In return for providing a test and development site to Skyline – only a few miles from the company’s headquarters -- the VTA gains rights to all power generated by the 27-kilowatt plant, an amount of power equal to the consumption of a medium sized office building in California.

“This public-private partnership with a local solar manufacturing company illustrates how VTA is working to leverage its resources to benefit the environment and save money at the same time,” said Michael Burns, VTA’s GM. “Thanks to Skyline Solar, our first significant solar installation is now up and running and is providing VTA with clean, renewable energy and a unique learning experience.”

VTA established its Sustainability Program in 2007 in order to proactively reduce the agency’s consumption of natural resources, the creation of greenhouse gases and the generation of pollution. The new solar power plant will be another measure adding to VTA’s many efforts. By July 2009, the Sustainability Program is projected to be saving VTA $800,000 a year through energy conservation and other initiatives.

 

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

More News

APTA recognizes TheRide, Calif.'s VTA for sustainability accomplishments

First started in 2009, 133 public transit agencies and businesses have signed on to the APTA Sustainability Commitment. Currently, 38 signatories have received recognition.

U.S. transportation sector increases carbon footprint, study says

Industry, still the nation's largest emitter, accounts for about 29% of all emissions — down from nearly 36% in 1990. However, transportation — the country's second-largest contributor to greenhouse emissions — has increased its share from 24% in 1990 to 27% in 2014.

LTD receives fed grant to purchase 5 electric buses

The electric buses will replace five diesel buses, which have been in service since 1999 and have logged more than 500,000 miles each. The diesel buses consume a combined 39,114 gallons of diesel fuel each year.

SEPTA to demo Proterra electric bus during Democratic Convention

The project is one component of Philadelphia’s commitment to hosting the most sustainable national political convention ever.

Self-driving electric buses part of Tesla's future, CEO says

Elon Musk says that the electric buses of the future should be smaller than the current ones, to decrease traffic congestion, with the interior of the buses redesigned to increase passenger areal density.

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 number 1 resource for vocational 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