Design/Build Solar Canopies at the MARTA Laredo Bus Facility

Decatur, GA

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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:00 am

Recipient: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Funding Agency: Federal Transit Administration

Grant Amount: $10,800,000

Local Amount: $10,800,000

Grant Description: This grant award provides funding support for the following investment in public transportation: design, acquisition, construction and installation of solar (photovoltaic) canopies at the MARTA Laredo Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility for the generation of clean renewable solar/electric power.

This award is funded by the FTA's Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program. This energy reduction project will install a system of photovoltaic (solar) panels with an estimated capacity of 1 Megawatt (MW) peak generating power.

Operations at the Laredo Facility consume .9 MWh of electrical power annually. It is anticipated that the power produced by these photovoltaic panels will either be regenerated for use within the overall Laredo Bus facility and/or sold to the Georgia Power Co. and transmitted to the electrical power grid.

The project will be implemented by a design-build contract, which will be competitively awarded pursuant to a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. MARTA issued the RFP solicitation on March 9, 2010, with the award of the contract scheduled for September 2010.

The estimated date for project completion and activation of the solar panels is September/October 2011.

Project Description: This grant provides funding to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) that will support the design, acquisition, construction and installation of a solar canopy facility at the MARTA Laredo Drive Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility in DeKalb County, Georgia. Initial administrative activities during the quarter ended March 31, 2010 included the development of the third party procurement contract specifications and the issuance (on 3/9) of the Request for Proposals package.

Job Creation: N/A

Infrastructure rationale: The purposes of this investment are to invest in transportation, environmental protection and other infrastructure that will provide long- term economic benefits; and to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technologica

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