While Moscow is not the right destination to get tanned, the authorities in the Russian capital reckoned that the sunlight is enough for them to fill their solar-powered bus stops.
In a press conference, Deputy Mayor Nikolai Lyamov said the bus stops will use solar as the main energy. The solar collected during day will be used to provide energy for passengers who take the bus in the nights. The deputy mayor said it is part of the city’s strategy to solve the complicated problems of transportations in the city.
He said Moscow will put 192 billion rubles or about $6.5 billion as the investment to the development of road network and mass transit in 2012.
Besides for the sola bus stops, the investment will be used to fix the problems on the road like the warning boards of traffic on roadside jam and traffic light that have new “adaptive” system.
There is no exact number about how much the bus stops that use solar as the energy will be built.
Moscow only has around 1,700 hours of sunshine every year. London has a fewer hours but the insolation level the city get from the sun is obviously below Miami and also Moscow.
In the U.S., the first solar-powered bus stops was built in San Francisco.
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