Missouri's first solar-powered lamp installed on I-70

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | 11:09 a.m. CDT

SWEET SPRINGS — The first solar-powered street light on Missouri's highway system has been installed in a rural area along Interstate 70.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the light is located at the intersection of Missouri 127 and I-70's north outer road in the west-central town of Sweet Springs.

Highway officials said they chose to experiment with the $4,000 solar-powered lamp because the city could not afford the roughly $15,000 cost of running electricity to the site for a traditional light.

If the lamp works well, MoDOT said it may also install solar-powered street lights in other parts of the state.


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