Solar Powers A Highway In Colorado

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 5:59am

e470 300x300Nearly 3,000 solar panels will power a 17-mile stretch of E-470 in Colorado, officials say, lowering costs for drivers. E-470 wraps around the suburbs east of Denver.

Solar-generated electricity will power streetlights, toll collection equipment, plaza and maintenance facilities, variable message signs and the E-470 administrative headquarters. In all, the installation will power about a third of the highway.

“This solar project illustrates the E-470 Public Highway Authority’s goal of long term sustainability,” says Randy Drennen, chair of the E-470 Board of Directors.

The project, which began in 2008, is expected to save $1 million in electricity costs over a 20-year period. It was financed by Adamas and constructed by Martifer Solar USA, who will provide maintenance for the installation.

Adamas Energy Investments, LLC



July 10, 2012



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