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Westport Train Station Solar Panels Will Recharge Electric Cars

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File photo of solar panels. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of solar panels. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Westport is set to install solar panels that will charge commuters’ electric cars at a local railroad station.

The Connecticut Post reports that Encon, a Stratford energy company, will install the solar array. The project will not require town funding but the town will be billed for electricity produced by the solar panels.

The rate is expected to be 30 percent less than if the town bought the power from a utility.

By the end of the year, the town is set to activate the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations at the Saugatuck station. A 27-kilowatt solar-panel array on the roof of the rail depot’s eastbound terminal will feed electricity to the charging stations.

The Saugatuck station will open with four charging stations.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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