Solar Billboard Billed as a Power Plant
by: Dave Mosher
Energy-sapping billboards, your days may be numbered. A California electricity supplier says it has installed the nation’s first solar-powered billboard, which generates more electricity than it uses.
The billboard—roofed with 20 solar panels—is located at 1000 Brannan St. in San Francisco, and is visible from the Highway 101 9th Street exit.
“The energy that is collected by the solar panels actually exceeds the amount used by it on a day-to-day basis,” said Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) spokesperson Jennifer Zelwer of the standard-sized billboard, which proclaims: “This isn’t a billboard. It’s a power plant.”