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Published on February 18th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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Clean Cab Company Gets Solar Power Boost

February 18th, 2010 by  


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Total Transit already operates the largest Toyota Prius taxi fleet in the nation, but it has just “cleaned up” its operations a lot more by installing 400 solar panels (at a cost of $750,000) on the roof of its headquarters in Glendale, Arizona.

Total Transit is the parent company of Discount Cab, which you can find in Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles or Austin.


Total Transit execs say that the new solar installation is equivalent to planting 9,700 trees or taking 72 cars off the road.

“The panels, each providing 230 watts of power, reportedly supply all the electricity needed by the company in the winter, and most of juice needed in the summer as well. It is also one of the largest solar installations in the Phoenix metropolitan area,” Nate Lew reports.

The solar system was installed by Phoenix-based PerfectPower Inc., a company ranked #31 in the The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 50” fastest-growing women-owned/women-led privately-owned businesses in the United States and Canada.

Total Transit is reportedly the only clean cab company powered by solar technology. Hopefully, this story won’t be so unique in the near future. For now, if you’re looking to catch a cab in Los Angeles, Pheonix, Austin, or Tucson, look for Discount Cab or Total Transit.

Image Credit 1: atomicshark via flickr under CC license

Image Credit 2: minwoo via flickr under a CC license 
 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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