Stealth Solar is Slowly Transforming Downtown Portland

In Portland, two examples of how stealthy implementation of solar-powered technology is changing the rhythm of daily life.

On one hand, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)'s prototype solar canopy allows people to recharge mobile devices, laptops, electric bikes and electric cars, hinting at an new potential communal experience based around the simple act of charging electronics.

On the other, in downtown Portland, solar-powered trash receptacles called 'BigBellies' double as trash compactors which translate to less overflowing garbage cans and fewer pickup times for waste haulers. The business leader behind the project is set on eventually replacing all 150+ trash cans with the solar-powered models.

Thanks to Lew Serviss

Full Story: Alt Energy Where You Least Expect It

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 5 different cities.
$22.00

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00