Enhancing Efficiency and Reducing Energy Consumption

2006 - 2016

Lighting Change-Outs

Lighting fixtures throughout various SEPTA facilities were retrofitted with LED lights, which have a longer life span and are more efficient than traditional light bulbs. In addition to reducing electricity consumption and GHG emissions, SEPTA also received an average rebate of 8 cents per kWh saved between 2012 and 2016. In total, SEPTA received $235,522 in rebates, and reduced emissions by 2,379,109 lbs CO2-E.

2016 - 2021

ESCO Master Plan

The Pennsylvania Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) enables public agencies to enter energy performance contracts with energy savings companies (ESCOs). ESCOs finance the initial costs of energy-related investments with private capital and guarantee energy savings to the public agency. SEPTA repays the ESCO using money from energy savings. The scope of the ESCO Master Plan includes facilities, rail cars, stations and terminals, and tunnels. Once complete, SEPTA will reduce its emissions by 21,071,783 lbs CO2-E.

Solar Power Purchasing Agreement

In 2017, SEPTA selected SunVest Solar Inc. through a competitive process to install solar panels at our facilities. Through a power purchase agreement (PPA), SEPTA will purchase the power generated from the solar panels installed on the rooftops of four SEPTA properties. SunVest Solar Inc. has agreed to sell the power at a rate that was budget-neutral to SEPTA's primary electricity utility supplier, PECO.

These panels will produce 3,657,760 kWh of energy annually, which will reduce SEPTA's emissions by 3,050,993 lbs CO2-E.

2021 - 2026

Completion of ESCO Master Plan

Following the ESCO projects to be implemented between 2016-2021, there will be 15 remaining backshops/depots available for similar ESCO upgrades. Additional facility upgrades will reduce electricity and natural gas consumption, in addition to eliminating baseline heating oil consumption. Once complete, SEPTA's emissions will be reduced by 10,793,422 lbs CO2-E.

Procurement of Renewable Energy

Between 2021 and 2026, SEPTA will have the opportunity to further procure renewable energy. As renewables become cost competitive with traditional grid mixes this strategy to reduce GHG emissions has great promise. Renewable energy procurement, when combined with efficiency, could continue to drive progress toward reduction goals.

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