Solar bus stops and misconceptions…


When most people think of solar power they think of the solar arrays that they see on the homes of their neighbors who have taken responsibility for helping to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

As solar technology becomes more available, it’s important that we expect and even demand to see it implemented on a larger scale for the public good.

I stumbled across a great example of this right here in the Northwest this morning when I read about how the King County Transit System is using solar powered lights at their bus stops to encourage people to feel safer riding the bus at night. It’s a brilliant idea combining two powerful ways to help reverse the trouble we’ve put our planet in.

Despite the fact that I was impressed by this innovation, the article did touch on another pet peeve of mine and that is the fact that in three quarters of the articles that I read about solar power in the Northwest, there is a sense of amazement expressed that solar power could work because it is always cloudy here. The simple fact is that Seattle has the same solar resource available that Germany does, and Germany is the world leader in solar power production.

So, what will it take to get beyond the stigma that Seattle is forever cloudy and not a good place for solar power? All I can hope is that I can help to be part of the answer to that question as I continue to point out the positive things that are happening in the region on the solar power front.