Solar Canopies Coming To MBTA Commuter Rail Parking Lots

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This Hingham lot will be among the first to have a canopy of solar panels. (Doug Cope/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

WEST HINGHAM (WBZ-AM) -- Two Commuter Rail station parking lots on the South Shore will soon be a source of solar electricity.

The Nantasket Junction and West Hingham stations in Hingham will be the first to have a solar canopy installed over the parking lots, creating a lighted cover, and producing electricity that will be sold to the local electric company, the Hingham Light Department.

One Commuter Rail passenger told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Doug Cope it's just what we needed.

"I think that's amazing, I think that's a great idea," that rider said. "I think it's a perfect place to put it. We need more solar energy. What is there to lose?"

"It sounds like a win-win," said another. "You're creating energy that's sustainable, renewable. You're also keeping the sun off cars, making the parking lot safer at night. I see very little downside."

Though the program starts with the two stations on the Greenbush line, eventually, 37 Commuter Rail lots will have a solar canopy.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Doug Cope reports

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