Metro Plans Solar Farms on Rooftop Parking Lots

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Solar panels capable of powering 1,500 homes will soon be installed at four Metro-owned facilities. In a request for proposals (RFP) issued today, Metro is offering a 15-year solar ground lease to develop and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems on surface and rooftop parking lots at Anacostia, Cheverly, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations.

“Offering these Metro-owned sites for use as solar power stations will advance Metro’s commitment to sustainability while generating new revenue to support transit services and keep fares affordable,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld.

The solar panels will be owned, operated, installed and maintained by a solar energy provider at no cost to Metro or taxpayers.

Metro’s surface and rooftop parking garages provide optimal exposure for solar power, offering a rare opportunity in the Washington Region to generate up to 15,000,000 kWh of renewable energy annually, enough to power 1,500 single family homes for one year, the transit agency said.

Installing new solar canopies will benefit Metro’s parking customers by providing shade and snow protection for the top level of parking garages, along with lighting improvements, Metro said.

Solar panels are expected to be installed and supplying renewable energy by late 2020 or early 2021.

Additional information can be found at wmata.com/realestate under the “Current Offerings and Solicitations” section. Proposals are due on September 16, 2019.

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