The Directorate General of Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport began the second phase of the project to make more traffic lights in the capital run with solar energy.
This was confirmed by Diego Rugama, who explained that on January 24th they were ordered to start installing the systems specifically between avenues 8 and 0.
In 2016, the Sistema Empresarial RC SA (SERC) placed 84 panels. This year they will have installed 160 clean traffic lights.
Starting on January 24th, the company has 300 days to supply and place the panels or photovoltaic systems at these traffic lights, with an investment of $ 1,065,000, provided by the Road Safety Council (COSEVI).
By 2022 the plan is expected to be executed and 476 systems will have this technology in San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.
The use of these solar panels aims at avoiding the consequences of eventual power failures or blackouts, which would help avoid traffic accidents and traffic jams.
In addition, the operation of these systems with clean energy represents savings in power consumption.