HINGHAM — With temperatures stuck in the upper 20s Thursday morning, many of the commuters waiting for trains at the West Hingham station could be found huddled in parked cars under a cavernous metal canopy that now stretches over much of the station’s parking lot. Above it sat hundreds of solar panels waiting to convert the sun’s energy into electricity.
“I think it’s a good use of space, I love it,” Sita Thottempudi of Hingham said as she waited for the train.
But the canopy, one of 37 solar arrays the MBTA hopes to have installed at stations across the South Shore and in suburbs around Boston, wasn’t doing anything Thursday except keeping snow off commuter’s cars. Despite being completed more than a month ago, the panels atop the canopies at West Hingham station and others at Nantasket Junction Station have remained offline amid a dispute between the MBTA and the town’s municipal power utility over environmental liabilities. Construction on the Hingham canopies started over the summer. (read more)
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