Streetlights The Answer To San Diego Deficit?
Monday, April 18, 2011
SAN DIEGO Taking advantage of San Diego’s sunny weather by putting solar panels on top of city streetlights may generate energy and money. Councilman Kevin Faulconer said the panels could generate enough power to run the lights.
"But also generate enough electricity to sell back to SDG&E and potentially could save the city millions of dollars a years," he said. "And that’s of course million of dollars we could put back into neighborhood services. "
Faulconer said that’s just one idea the city could implement to close it’s $57 million deficit instead of cutting hours at libraries and recreation centers. He and several other councilmembers oppose that suggestion from the mayor.
The council will soon get a chance to weigh in on next year’s finances. The mayor will formally present his budget proposal to the council this afternoon.