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

Honolulu looking to develop 15-mile electric bus network

The city’s Department of Transportation Services has requested federal funding to develop the network. The electric bus network would be independent of the light rail transit project currently being built and would include 18-high capacity electric buses.

Proterra announces battery tech advancements for heavy-duty transit

Improved Catalyst® XR Transit Vehicle will deliver 28% more range from the same storage volume.

Proterra launches EV simulator to demo battery-electric transition

Designed to visualize mass transit networks and to assess the cost savings, performance improvements and environmental benefits of battery-electric transport.

Fla.'s Lee Tran adds more propane autogas vehciles to paratransit fleet

The new vehicles increase the public transit agency’s propane fleet to 20, or 45% of its entire paratransit fleet.

SunLine Transit adds first all-electric BYD bus

The buses are equipped with BYD-designed and built iron-phosphate batteries, delivering 324 kWh of power that come with a 12-year warranty, the industry’s longest electric-battery warranty available.

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