Solar Energy Uses in Public Transportation


Solar energy has been used for quite some time now to light up homes. A variety of products have been developed for public spaces (including solar bus shelters, solar benches, street lights, and solar buses), but the use of solar energy in public transportation is still a relatively new concept.

The use of solar energy in public transportation is an innovative way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce pollution levels. These solar-powered public transit systems also help reduce the cost of operation, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering fuel costs for long-distance travel.

Solar Benches Public Transportation

Solar benches can also be used in parks, airports, and other areas where people sit around for a while without doing much activity. Solar benches provide illumination at night time or during twilight hours when sunlight is not available or strong enough enough to provide enough visibility. Solar benches are also becoming popular in some cities like Montreal because they provide people with an area to sit down during their journey while charging their phones at the same time.

EnGoPlanet's Smart Solar Bench located in Boston
EnGoPlanet's Smart Solar Bench located in Boston

Solar Bus Shelters in Public Transportation

EnGoPlanet's Smart Solar Bus Shelter

The introduction of the smart solar bus shelters in our society will bring about a new era of public transportation. The smart solar bus shelters are equipped with many benefits, such as being able to charge small devices, advertising space, and illumination during the evening while also providing shelter for people waiting for their bus. This gives commuters more options while they wait for their next bus ride home or work. Solar bus shelters are also being planned or installed in places like Brazil, India, Canada, Australia, France, China and Singapore.

Solar Street Lights in Public Transportation

EnGoPlanet's solar street light, the EnGo Leaf

Solar street lights also have their role to play in public transportation. Many areas along the periphery of cities do not have regular access to the power grid and often have streets that are not lit. Streetlights can be powered with solar panels that allow them to produce their own electricity. This allows for the solar street lights to be off-grid and installed anywhere where there is direct exposure to sunlight. Converting to or installing solar street lights will not only reduce their carbon footprint but will also lower electricity bills.

Solar Energy - A Friend to Public Transportation

We should not think of these solar energy sources as a replacement for public transportation providers - they just provide assistance to the service providers by reducing their carbon footprint and increasing the number of non-polluting factors on the road. Renewable energy can help decrease environmentally-damaging aspects of the modern world, and can influence aspects in our daily lives without decreasing the quality of life in cities.