Florida Town Invests in Solar-Powered Street Lights

Solar power in the Sunshine State -- sounds like a winner to us! The town of Dania, Florida has taken a page from Treehugger, and decided that solar-powered street lights would be a good investment, considering the threat of hurricane-caused power outages. Dania will invest $1 million in the improvements, and city officials believe that's money well-spent after the power outages caused by 2005's Hurricane Wilma:
[City public words director Dominic] Orlando said the project, expected to be completed within four months, is among infrastructure improvements requested by residents of the area, which the city annexed in 2001....The city decided to launch the solar program after [Florida Power & Light] couldn't quickly restore power and repair damaged poles following Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. [Project manager Oscar] Bello said the system uses solar panels mounted on poles designed to withstand hurricanes.

"They wanted to ensure that if we're hit by a 150 mph wind, the city would maintain its streetlights," he said.

The project is being funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's money well-spent in our book -- we hope that we'll see other projects like this that help towns and cities brave the weather... and increase their energy independence. ::South Florida Sun-Sentinel via Unplugged Living

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