Tempe, AZ, Will Use Solar for Bus Operations


Arizona has lots of sun, and the folks at The East Valley Bus Operation and Maintenance Facility in Tempe plan to take advantage of it.

Mass Transit reports that the 537 kW solar project aimed at supplying one-third of its energy soon will be online. That will put the city 1.5 percent closer to the goals of using renewable sources to provide 20 percent of its overall energy and 8 percent of operational energy.

The project, which features 1,704 solar modules on bus ports, is expected to be completed in early November, the story says. First year energy product will be almost 831,500 kWh. That will result of savings of more than $411,000 during the next 20 years.

As the amount of solar energy electricity generated by homes and businesses grows, more will be returned to the grid. A key element of these initiatives will be smart inverters.

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