Prospects for solar electric power are examined in applications related to highways within the continental United States. Principal prospective users are found to be the highway department of the various states. Economic analysis is employed to demonstrate that suitable applications can occur when powering apparatus such as signs, crossing signals, or instruments which consume less than 100 watts on the average, provided they are located at least one-half mile from existing utility power. Such applications are projected to occur two or three times per state per year. Attitudes of highway officials toward possible use of solar power are sampled and described. Although falling photovoltaic cell prices are expected to have little effect on sales potential here, methods for federal stimulation of this market are discussed. (ERA citation 04:036039)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of the Navy

    The Pentagon
    Washington, DC  United States  20350

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

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  • Pagination: 124 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00304421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-159477
  • Contract Numbers: EX-76-A-29-1022
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1980 12:00AM