Solar canopies coming to parking lots

Haverhill approves projects for train stations

Eagle Tribune | By Peter Francis
October 20, 2016

HAVERHILL — If you park at either of the city’s train stations to catch the commuter rail, you will soon have a solar canopy over your car.

A 20-year power purchasing agreement between the city and the Omni Navitas company was approved this week by the City Council. The agreement will lead to construction of two roofs with solar panels over the parking lots of the Bradford and downtown train stations.

Under the agreement, Haverhill will buy electricity for 13 cents per kilowatt hour, which will be transferred from the panels to a grid which provides power to the city.

A date hasn’t been set for the company to start building the canopies, which have also been approved by the MBTA.

City Purchasing Director Orlando Pacheco said the projects can potentially harvest enough sunlight to not just provide city buildings with electricity, but help save the city money on its overall expenses.

“We’re looking at around $88,000 savings between the agreements (in the first year),” he said. “We’re finally getting into projects that will impact the city’s budget, hopefully the next one, then certainly the one after it.”

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