EXAMINING THE SUITABILITY AND TECHNO-ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR AT ISU'S BUS SHELTERS
The Illinois State University campus relies heavily on local bus transportation for students who live in dorms that reside an extended distance from campus. This study contains an examination of the implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules onto the bus stop rooftops to power internal stop/station electronics, as well as provide other quality of life services to local transportation users. Solar PV systems are highly beneficial for communities to incorporate PV onto empty roof space and applicable surfaces, and the unused surface area of bus shelters provides an excellent opportunity for additional solar power production. The construction of additional bus shelters at frequently used bus stops as well as building photovoltaic arrays on already existing shelters could provide elevated amenities for waiting bus riders. This potential upgrade would allow the riders more comfort and ease of access while demonstrating the applicability of PV and related technology into everyday life within the community. The methods used in this study focused on the economic prospects not only on the construction of new bus stops but also on the renovation of existing stations, particularly on those around the Illinois State University campus. Energy production estimations and the many benefits to riders are also discussed in this feasibility study.
Budde, Michael; Pecci, Jade; and Cunnar, Ben, "EXAMINING THE SUITABILITY AND TECHNO-ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR AT ISU'S BUS SHELTERS" (2019). University Research Symposium. 250.