BEI Construction helped to install the largest solar project on BART district properties. The project consists of photovoltaic panels on canopies that cover approximately 200 parking spaces at the Lafayette BART station. These panels produce a combined 1 megawatt of electricity.
Construction began on the project in February of 2017, with the panels operational by early spring of 2017. SolarCity operates the project and sells the power produced to BART under a 20-year contract with the transportation district. The project produces more power than the Lafayette BART station consumes, with the additional power going to serve other uses on the BART system.
A new look for parking lots
SolarCity chose to partner with BEI on the project. The BEI team performed the AC and DC electrical work, including electrical and underground construction. Sunny Lafayette, California, is home to other similar SolarCity projects involving BEI, such as one that included installing similar panels in parking lots at 4 area schools.
“People often associate PV panels with rooftop installations,” says BEI President Mike Rantz. “But solar canopies are a very effective option, too, especially for parking lots. They can turn vast parking areas into energy generating space. Plus, the canopies provide some protection from sun and rain to parking areas. So they are a clean energy win and a plus for people using the parking lots.”
“We’re pleased that SolarCity chose us to contribute to the clean-energy makeover at the Lafayette BART parking lot and other projects,” he adds.
SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses, and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. Visit solarcity.com to learn more about the company.