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Right-of-way renewable energy resources available on SSTI website

By Bill Holloway At SSTI’s first Sustainability Directors’ Meeting in June 2015, a number of state departments of transportation were interested in siting renewable energy infrastructure (primarily solar arrays) in the highway right-of-way (ROW) but faced challenges in getting started. Two

Renewable Energy in the Right of Way

At SSTI’s first Sustainability Directors Community of Practice meeting in June 2015, attendees discussed their states’ interest in siting solar and other renewable energy generation facilities in the highway right-of-way (ROW) but cited uncertainty regarding FHWA rules and

FHWA encourages ROW solar facilities

By Eric Sundquist As DOTs look to meet environmental goals and bring in revenue, several have turned to using building roofs and surplus ROW to site solar-electric generating systems. Leaders in this field include Oregon DOT and Massachusetts DOT. Launching such a program, however, may put DOTs

Airports eyed as sites for alternative energy production

By Robbie Webber A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FAA, and Mississippi State University examines the use of airports and surrounding areas as ideal locations for the production of alternative energy. Biofuel production and solar arrays seem especially suited to these

Oregon leads the way on use of solar installations for transportation facilities

Although begun in 2008, the largest component yet of the Oregon Solar Highway recently opened on I-5 in Clackamas County. The Baldock project, a public-private partnership between ODOT and Portland General Electric (PGE), is a solar array located in a safety rest area near Wilsonville. It will

Solar Highway Program: From Concert To Reality (Oregon DOT, N.D.)

Oregon has lead the way on installing solar arrays on its transportation corridors. They have produced a manual, Solar Highway Program: From Concert To Reality. A Guidebook for Departments of Transportation to Develop Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the Highway Right of Way to help other cities

Glass roads?

“There’s 25,000 square miles of road surfaces, parking lots and driveways in the lower 48 states. If we covered that with solar panels with just 15 percent efficiency, we’d produce three times more electricity than this country uses on an annual basis, and it’s almost enough to power the