This year, Chile plans to equip 53 percent of Santiago’s bus stops with solar panels so that at night time they will light stations outside the downtown area. The panels will charge during the daytime hours, and turn on automatically once it gets dark.
The project has an estimated cost of $10 million and its first priority is to decrease vandalism and increase safety for nighttime commuters.
Depending on the success of the pilot run in Santiago de Chile, the solar bus stops will go to more cities, like Valdivia, a city in Chile that offers solar power taxi cabs.
At the end of last year, Chile started building South America’s first solar power plant, which is expected to produce 2.7 gigawatts of electricity a year once finished.