August 3, 2009
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Wind, Sun Provide Electric Power in San Antonio
VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX, has begun using wind-generated electricity for all its power needs through CPS Energy’s Windtricity® program.
At a July 22 press event in the Frank L. Madla Transit Center, VIA announced its agreement with CPS Energy to become the first public agency in San Antonio to receive 100 percent of its power from Windtricity. This agreement will supply VIA with wind power from turbines set up in West Texas for a period of 12 months, and VIA will end up purchasing about 10 megawatt-hours of Windtricity.
As a result of this agreement, CPS Energy has named VIA a "Platinum" level Windtricity business partner.
VIA’s switch away from coal-fired power plants is expected to mean a reduction of approximately 7,180 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—a similar impact to taking 1,325 cars off the road.
The transit agency also is exploring the use of solar power whenever possible. VIA’s newest shelters have solar panels that power lighting, and a solar installation at the Madla Transit Center provides power to that facility.
This setup helps save approximately 14,300 kilowatt-hours per year, and it has earned VIA a $26,919 rebate from CPS Energy.