Tampa tries sidewalk solar panels as backup power for traffic lights

Since summer 2020, Tampa has piloted solar panels embedded on sidewalks, a design meant to protect the panels from storm-force winds.

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across Tampa, Florida, in 2017, knocking out power in some areas. At traffic lights, that meant traffic slowdowns at best and dangerous crashes at worst. That experience inspired the city to seek a new source of backup power for traffic intersections.

“It’s a pretty dangerous condition to have a signal, or particularly a series of signals, dark in unlit conditions,” said the city’s Smart Mobility Manager Brandon Campbell. “It’s hard for people to see traffic signals when both they are dark and the surrounding infrastructure is out of power as well.”

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Source: Utility Dive

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