Solar energy powers the Valley Metro Rail Operations and Maintenance Center. The solar plant, which opened in April 2015, is comprised of 2,800 solar voltaic panels spanning 1.15 acres, mounted at ground-level and on parking lot shade canopies. It’s capable of generating 1.3 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, or enough electricity to power 123 homes. View real-time solar data here.
Valley Metro’s wireless, paperless vehicle inspection system on buses saves 158,000 sheets of paper annually. The system automates required trip inspections and complies with federal inspection requirements using radio-frequency identification tags placed in critical vehicle inspection zones.
Vehicle washing equipment is designed with water recycling features. Used water is captured and delivered through a solid waste separator for reuse. Each bus wash saves approximately 122 gallons or provides a 60 percent reduction in reoccurring fresh water usage.
The Valley Metro operations and maintenance facilities recycle batteries, oil and water. All batteries are returned to the vendors for recycling. Used oil is collected and transferred into properly labeled storage tanks for collection. Training and signage are provided to all users to avoid cross-contamination.