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BART to install solar panels at station, maintenance shops


By late December everything at Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) Orinda Station — from lights to ticket machines to fare gates — will run on solar power during daylight hours.

Yesterday, the BART board approved a $3.8 million contract for SunEdison L.L.C. to install a solar panel canopy at one of the station's parking lots. The company also will install solar panels on the roofs of BART's Richmond and Hayward maintenance shops.

The solar power will help BART save $3.4 million on energy costs during the next 20 years, the agency said.

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