In South Korea, the cities of Daejeon and Sejong have constructed a bicycle commuter lane that runs down the center of a 20-mile stretch of a highway connecting the two cities. The lane is located between the two guard rails and uses an array of solar panels to provide riders protection from the weather. The City of Sejong has embraced Transit-Oriented Development (TODS) as part of its long-term sustainability plan. About 400 solar panels have been installed along the lane and generate 5,851 MW of electricity a year. In terms of effects, it corresponds to the reduction of 2,642 tons of greenhouse gases.
For more information on how your community can embrace solar energy and ICMA's work on the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), visit us online at www.solaroutreach.org or at www.icma.org/solarops.