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.
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