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RFTA solar energy forecast dims

Oct 12, 2016

RFTA invested in solar energy last year, but it hasn't brought the financial savings the agency had hoped.
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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bought into a solar array last year, but the forecast doesn’t look so bright.

RFTA invested about $1.7 million in solar technology to power the up-valley bus barn and new bus stations from Aspen to El Jebel. In the first year, the total cost of the solar energy was about $30,000 more than the agency predicted.

CEO Dan Blankenship says there are a variety of factors, including technology troubles and a cloudier winter, that contributed to the extra costs.

The solar array generated about 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.