Sunny outlook for BART solar power in Contra Costa county
On October 27, the Board of Directors authorized BART to enter into an agreement with Solar City to install, operate, and maintain solar panels at the new, upcoming Antioch station as well as Lafayette Station.
BART will purchase electricity generated from these two new installations, which once constructed will be the largest solar generation facilities on District property. As an additional benefit to customers, the panel canopies will provide shade over a portion of the parking lots at each location.
“The BART to Antioch project is putting a brand new face on transit in eastern Contra Costa, and it’s exciting to see new, environmentally-friendly technologies like solar powering up these upcoming stations,” said BART Director Joel Keller.
The cost of the project will be paid from the energy operating budget, and will cost a cumulative $3.75 million and $3.85 million at Antioch and Lafayette stations, respectively, over the 20-year term of the agreement.
Construction of the panels is expected to be completed at Antioch station by fall 2017, and in Lafayette by late spring 2017.