Solar-powered shelters get council green light

PUBLISHED: 15:42 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 30 October 2015

North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council


Bus shelters with lights powered by solar energy have been successfully trialled by North Somerset Council over the past month.

The authority has teamed up with energy firm Prolectric Services Ltd to test whether the idea works.

Trials were carried out in Churchill, Portbury and Tickenham and have been labelled a success.

The council is now planning to install a permanent system at one of its bus shelters.

The solar-powered bus stop light works by charging up during the day, before deploying its stored up energy once the sun has set.

To preserve energy, motion sensors are also installed in the shelter to ensure the light is only on when someone is using the bus stop.

The council only plans to install one permanent solar-powered system at this stage.

To determine which location to use, the authority is running a competition over the next few days.

People can vote for one of the three village locations – or nominate a separate one – by logging on to the North Somerset Public Transport Facebook page.

Each comment is equal to one vote, but each time the competition is shared 10 votes will be awarded.

The vote will run until 6pm on Saturday. The result will be announced on the same page at 3pm on Monday.

If more than 500 votes are received during the competition, Prolectric has promised to install the system at the winning location free of charge.

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