Solar Power in Transportation

Westwood High School BA-518 Solar-Powered Scoreboard

In special instances, Daktronics has applied solar technology for smaller scoreboards, as seen here at Westwood High School in Westwood, Mass. The practicality of this technology for Transportation applications is still in question.

Since even before I became a business economics major in college, I’ve always been intrigued by the economic benefits of natural, renewable energy. Especially with the recent political debate over the development of our nation’s power grid and the need for alternative forms of energy has spurred renewed focus on the topic.

To tell the truth, I’m not really sure how it applies to LED message display technology. A message display with solar power certainly sounds like a good idea, but is it really a smart investment? After all, transportation agencies have enough to worry about – why should they dip deeper into their (typically) already-strained budgets for a lengthened return on investment?

I understand that, given the political and economic diversity of this country, there is a wide range of opinions on the topic. As architects, engineers, consultants or integrators – you have a unique perspective on the application of solar power.

What are your thoughts? Would you use it on an LED display? Why or why not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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