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Valley Metro Begins Solar Project

Valley Metro recently began installing solar panels on the roof of its light rail operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix. When the plant goes online in the spring, it will be capable of generating 780 kilowatts of energy annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It is estimated to save the agency approximately 16 percent ($100,000 average per year) of the energy consumption at the facility.

“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, the agency’s chief executive officer. “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.”

Valley Metro received $2.7 million in federal Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction (TIGGER) funding for construction and installation of the plant. In addition, the Arizona Public Service Company’s Schools and Government Incentive program provides $85,000 per year in Renewable Energy Credits for 20 years up to 40 percent ($1.36 million) of the total project cost.

Valley Metro’s solar panels on the roof of its light rail operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix.

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