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The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a plan on August 1 allowing for the installation of Solar PV Systems at 37 parking facilities.

The 20-year lease agreement with MAP will generate $1.9 million in base rent in the first year, with a 3% annual increase. Once all the locations are fully operational, the MBTA will also realize approximately $5 million in savings through a reduction in snow removal, electricity and lighting maintenance costs. Over the 20-year length of the lease, the MBTA will realize $55 million in income and savings.

“The MBTA has undertaken an important opportunity to leverage its parking facilities to reduce costs, increase own-source revenue and support the Commonwealth’s greater greenhouse gas reduction targets and clean energy goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Private sector partnerships like these are essential to the T’s ability to focus on controlling costs and improving its core system to deliver the reliable public transit system its riders deserve.”

“This important partnership helps make the MBTA more fiscally sound by increasing own-source revenues as well as lowering our maintenance costs,” said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “It also helps expand the state’s renewable energy infrastructure.

Garage locations include Alewife, Quincy Adams, Braintree, Woodland, Salem, Lynn and Route 128 station in Westwood, as well as Beverly Station Garage and Wonderland Station Garage. The MBTA surface parking lot locations include Haverhill, Bradford, Ballardvale, Wilmington, Wakefield, Franklin, Norfolk, Norwood Depot, Readville, Gloucester, Montserrat, Hamilton/Wenham, Halifax, Whitman, Abington, South Weymouth, North Scituate, Cohasset, West Hingham, Weymouth Landing, Westborough, Southborough, West Natick, Canton Center, Canton Junction, Hyde Park, South Acton and Hanson.

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