Posted by HardOCP News 9:59 AM (CST)
Monday November 14, 2016
This is a pretty smart idea. Think about it, what does Las Vegas have in abundance besides lights? Sunshine and 24/7 pedestrian traffic. Obviously this wouldn't work in many places but the foot traffic and sunlight in Las Vegas makes this a perfect fit.
The city of Las Vegas is partnering with New York-based EnGoPLANET for off-grid solar- and pedestrian-powered LED street lights in the Arts District's Boulder Plaza. In addition to photovoltaic panels on top of the lights, pads in the sidewalk harvest kinetic energy from passing pedestrians to help provide power. Motion sensors will make sure the lights are on when people need them, and saving energy when nobody is around. And, in the vibrant visual spirit of Las Vegas, the lights can also change colors to keep the ambiance lively.