Las Vegas is preparing to test a new set of streetlights that will be completely powered by solar energy as well as the kinetic energy of pedestrians. Co.Exist staffer Adele Peters takes a look at these lights, designed by the New York City-based startup Engoplanet, and why they were designed to incorporate solar and kinetic energy.
The ability to harvest solar and kinetic energy is highly beneficial in this area of Las Vegas where there is a lack of sunlight:
But in the four-block long stretch of downtown Vegas where most tourists come, a video canopy blocks sunlight from the area. The foot traffic, on the other hand, is heavy. (An upcoming version of the light will also be able to generate power inside roads, harvesting energy from passing cars; that can generate about 10 watts a car).