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Bay Area Rapid Transit To Run On All Renewable Power By 2045

By Brian Spaen

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has completed two purchase power agreements for renewable energy, including both wind and solar energy. Over 100 combined megawatts of capacity will be installed with new agreements with NextEra Energy Resources and Recurrent Energy. As of right now, both projects expect to be online at the beginning of 2021 and will be on a 20-year contract.

One of BART’s agreements is a 45-megawatt solar energy project with Recurrent Energy, who is a subsidiary of Canadian Solar. This is the first PPA that the California public transit company has reached involving solar photovoltaic power. The solar farm, known as the Gaskett West 2 PV project, will be located in Kern County in Southern California. For perspective, it’s about 20 miles away from Bakersfield.

"Utility-scale solar power is a vital part of cost-effectively meeting our sustainability commitments,” Holly Gordon, BART’s sustainability director, told PV-Tech. “It is very important to us to work with an experienced development partner like Recurrent Energy who will help us achieve our goals."