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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.
Credit Courtesy of RFTA.com

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.