Bay area rapid transit commits to a future powered by wind and solar

“Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the public transportation system of the San Francisco Bay Area, is moving forward on plans to source the majority of its electricity supply from renewables. The BART Board of Directors approved two 20-year renewable-energy power purchase agreements this week.

One of the agreements calls for NextEra Energy Resources to build a new 61.7-MW wind energy project, and the other calls for Recurrent Energy to build a new 45-MW solar energy project. Both projects will be located in Kern County and are expected to be online by January 1, 2021.

The new agreements would not be possible without California Senate Bill 502, which was authored by then San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, and approved by the state legislature in 2015. That bill allows BART to directly procure renewable energy sources.”

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