300 solar-powered barricade lights replace 300 alkaline battery-powered barricade lights along 469 miles of mainline roadway of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
|Virginia and North Carolina
|$19,000/year (estimated) in materials and labor hours, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and hazardous waste (alkaline batteries)
|Load Service Area
|469 miles of parkway
|Michael Molling and Debra Northrop
|AFFECT funding, design development, design review, and system performance evaluation
Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visited parks in the national park system. Its 1,560-kW PV system includes 300 safety lights, which provide lighting for nighttime visitors and improve site visibility throughout the day. The PV panels operate with rechargeable batteries to power LED lamps during the night.