CapMetro partners with HOLT Renewables and bp pulse on transition of buses to zero-emission electric vehicles
AUSTIN, Texas., [April 24, 2023] – HOLT Renewables announced it will design and construct a first-of-its-kind solar-powered charging infrastructure solution for CapMetro, Austin’s regional public transportation provider, in collaboration with bp pulse.
In 2021, the CapMetro board approved the purchase of approximately 200 zero-emissions buses, the largest procurement of battery electric transit buses in the country. To support CapMetro’s electric bus fleet, the project requires innovative use of solar canopies that will produce renewable energy and double as a mounting structure to enable hands-free overhead charging. The locally funded project will cost $34 million.
HOLT Renewables will design and construct a photovoltaic (PV) canopy system, which converts sunlight to usable electricity, spanning 12 acres with over 7,000 panels, and will power more than 200 buses. The project will also employ the country’s largest deployment of pantograph depot chargers, which are overhead chargers that connect to the vehicle’s battery.
To support this project, bp pulse, the electric vehicle charging arm of global energy company bp, will oversee installation of their patent-pending mounting system, PIDE, that integrates pantograph charging with solar canopies. The PIDE canopy mount is specifically designed to be attached to a tilted solar canopy, enabling EV charging deployments with uneven surfaces, which is a common barrier preventing wide-scale adoption of integrated solar and EV charging.
CapMetro made a pledge to transition its bus fleet to zero emissions by 2035. The new infrastructure will be located at North Operations bus yard (“North Ops”) located at 9315 McNeil Rd. Construction is scheduled to begin in Oct. 2023.
bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050, or sooner and help the world get to net zero, and a strategy for delivering on that ambition. For more information visit bp.com.
About bp pulse
bp pulse is bp’s electric vehicle (EV) charging business, rolling out fast, reliable charge points to consumers and commercial fleets around the world. Globally, bp pulse is one of the UK’s leading rapid and ultra-fast public EV charging networks. It also operates the largest number of sites with ultra-fast charging in Germany, with a growing charging point footprint in China and the Netherlands. The company aims to increase its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 100,000 worldwide.
CapMetro connects people, jobs and communities by providing Central Texans with safe, high-quality and sustainable transportation alternatives. The agency provides over 70,000 daily weekday trips on its buses, trains, paratransit and vanpool vehicles and serves a population of more than 1.2 million in its 543-square-mile service area. The region’s transportation leader, CapMetro has invested in transit services like its High-Frequency Network, which moves more people, more reliably. CapMetro is committed to increasing regional mobility and, through Project Connect, will transform how people travel throughout Central Texas. Visit capmetro.org for more information.
About HOLT Renewables
HOLT Renewables is leading the charge in the solar industry, delivering innovative solutions for commercial customers nationwide. With a focus on providing tailored, integrated solutions that meet the specific energy and sustainability needs of its clients, the company has earned a reputation as a reliable and trusted partner for institutions and industrial industries alike.
A division of HOLT, HOLT Renewables leverages the strength and expertise of its parent company to deliver exceptional services backed by a 90-year legacy of success, safety, and dependability. For more information, visit www.HoltRenewables.com.