New York town gets new solar-powered traffic lights

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 @ 11:06 AM
posted by rene5432

The Madison County Department of Solid Waste has been on a mission to adopt and promote renewable energy sources for some time, and in line with their efforts, recently added new solar installation that will power traffic lights at one area landfill, the Madison County Courier reports.

According to the news source, two small solar panels were added to the county's flashing traffic lights at the Buyea Road Landfill. The lights are expected to save Madison County as much as $700 a year in energy costs.

Though small, the solar installation is indicative of the growing use of solar power in North America. According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, ground-mounted photovoltaic installations in North America hit 913 megawatts in 2011, and is expected to reach 4.068 megawatts by 2016.

"The Solar PV market is witnessing healthy growth in the North American region with strong customer demand and financial support from the governments," the report read. "…The driving factor for the growth of the North American ground mounted PV utility market is the stability in government incentive policy for the solar energy sector."

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