Solar Powers Boston Evacuation Route

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In collaboration with the City of Boston, Solar Design Associates designed and engineered pole mounted PV installations for four intersections along one of Boston’s emergency evacuation routes. In the event of a power outage during an evacuation of the city, the traffic signal equipment at 18 intersections along the Blue Hill Avenue, American Legion Highway, and Hyde Park Avenue route are equipped with battery storage, four of which will be powered by the photovoltaic system. The renewable energy produced by the system offsets the energy use of the traffic signals, providing clean, reliable electricity and increased functionality to the City’s infrastructure.

The project was funded in part by a Solar America Cities grant from the Department of Energy to improve emergency infrastructure. It also includes a roof-mounted array at the Public Works Department central maintenance facility at 400 Frontage Rd, which can be easily seen from the I-93 corridor into and out of the city. This application of photovoltaics is beneficial to the City of Boston because it supplements the use of diesel generators with a non-polluting, dependable source of energy.

Watch a Time Lapse Video of the Installation


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