Solar paneled roadways in Miami in $5 million prize race
Written by Miami Today on May 1, 2017
Miami Commissioner Ken Russell announced today that a pilot project to use solar bike lanes to power nearby affordable housing in Miami was selected to participate in the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access.
The project, Brighter Days, is an initiative to develop an innovative program that enables low- and moderate-income households in Miami to go solar.
The pilot program will explore solar paneled roadways designed to generate low-cost, long-term sustainable solar power for private and public electricity needs in the Omni Community Redevelopment Area, saving money for low-income residents through a utility discount or resilience rebate program.
“We’re thankful that our team was selected to join the challenge,” said Mr. Russell. “Our project will be the initial test for how we can combine smart technology and green initiatives with the most basic needs of our communities. It’s a great example of resilience planning.”
All teams will compete for $1 million in final prizes, which will be awarded by judges based on each project or program’s innovation, impact and applicability.