It's Not A Billboard, It's a Power Plant

We do love a clever billboard and this one is also a real producer, generating 3.4 Kw of electricity during the day, which they describe as enough for a family of four. It has no storage and takes electricity from the grid at night, but is a net producer.

"The energy that is collected by the solar panels actually exceeds the amount used by it on a day-to-day basis," said Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E;) spokesperson Jennifer Zelwer of the standard-sized billboard, which proclaims: "This isn't a billboard. It's a power plant."Zelwer told Live Science: "The energy that is collected by the solar panels actually exceeds the amount used by it on a day-to-day basis," said Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E;) spokesperson Jennifer Zelwer of the standard-sized billboard, which proclaims: "This isn't a billboard. It's a power plant."

Zelwer cautioned that solar-powered placard is only for show at this time, but said she would eventually like to see similar ones replacing standard billboards up and down highways. "If these are going to be en masse in the future, that certainly that would be a wonderful thing," she said. ::Live Science

See an earlier South African solar billboard here;

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