California gets solar powered bus shelters

The USA’s sunshine state of California is getting – funnily enough – solar-powered bus shelters. A city in the West Coast state has given approval for the ‘state of the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The USA’s sunshine state of California is getting – funnily enough – solar-powered bus shelters.

A city in the West Coast state has given approval for the ‘state of the art’ shelters which will have solar panels on the roofs.

The panels will also power nearby traffic signals and will cost around $17,000 (£11k). A traditional bus shelter costs between $7-17,000, according to officials from the City of Perris.

Planning Manager Clara Miramontes said the City has identified six locations with “high ridership” that would benefit from the new bus shelters.

Amrita Holden, senior managing partner of Greencrest Energy Solutions, the company working with Perris officials on the project said: “The City will save not hundreds, but thousands of dollars in electricity costs per shelter. The sun is paying for that electricity.”