ARRA Fact Sheet: AVTA Solar Panel Project

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Project: AVTA Solar Panel Project

City: Lancaster

State: California

ARRA Award Amount: $2.6 Million

Program: Urbanized Area Formula

AVTA Solar Panel ProjectDescription:

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) used its ARRA funds to complete its photovoltaic-equipped parking structures on time and under budget. AVTA is now generating nearly 75 percent of the electricity used at its facility. Installed over the carports and rooftops, the expanded system generates approximately 590,000 kWh yearly, saving $82,000 at current electricity rates. AVTA will also qualify to receive approximately $945,000 in utility rebates over the next five years.

AVTA’s maintenance facility operates round-the-clock with a significant portion of the bus maintenance, fueling, and washing taking place after the buses return from their routes at night. During the day, the excess power generated will be fed to the power grid during peak consumption periods. AVTA will draw power back from the grid at night. Such self-generation systems allow utilities to balance demand and optimize power generation needs in the region.

AVTA has acquired funding to install an additional 200kW system in the bus parking area that will make the facility fully self-sufficient in terms of its electricity demand. These structures serve a dual purpose, providing shade during hot summer days for buses returning after peak morning runs. Being parked in the shade allows the buses to cool down faster before they leave the yard, thereby saving fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions.