The project features 4,888 photovoltaic panels and will generate the same environmental benefit as planting about 285 acres of trees a year.

In 2009, The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) received a $10.8m federal grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program.

Suniva CMO Bryan Ashley said the solar canopy will generate enough electricity to offset the majority of the Laredo Bus Facility’s annual electricity consumption.

MARTA Board chairman Jim Durrett said the solar technology used to build the canopy for the bus facility was born out of Georgia Tech’s PV lab.

"This project will further enhance MARTA’s growing sustainability program, which already includes clean fuel buses, water reclamation and harvesting operations and waste recycling programs," Durrett said.

US-based Suniva manufactures high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and high-power solar modules using patented low-cost techniques.