LA Metro & Chevron Unveil 1.2-MW Solar System

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has unveiled a solar energy project at one of the its bus maintenance facilities. The 6,720 individual solar panels at Metro’s Support Services Center in downtown Los Angeles are capable of generating 1.2 megawatts of renewable energy. Along with other energy-efficient improvements, the project is expected to cut the facility’s annual $1.1 million energy bill in half to approximately $550,000.

“Los Angeles is now one step closer to becoming the solar capital of the United States,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa. “Today’s unveiling of the City’s largest solar-powered facility will not only generate clean, renewable energy, but will provide the kinds of green jobs that this economy so desperately needs.”

The project is a public/private partnership between Metro and Chevron Energy Solutions. The US $16.5 million project will receive about $6.3 million in incentives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Gas Company and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The project was financed by Bank of America.

Chevron Energy Solutions, which designed and installed the solar photovoltaic system, will provide long-term oversight of the facility’s solar panel array and related new equipment and, in addition, will guarantee the energy savings and the level of energy generated by the solar panel array for the next 10 years.

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