Solar Powered Resources

Solar Powered Bike Shelter
Several years ago, Arlington Heights erected a new bike shelter in the parking lot next to the downtown train station. This new shelter includes six solar panels on the south facing side of the roof. These solar panels produce power for the lighting in the shelter, which is self-contained and off the grid. In addition to charging the batteries for the LED lighting, the solar panels generate an estimated 2,100 Kwh of metered electricity, which offsets the energy consumption of the parking lot lighting for an estimated eight months of the year. 

This project was made possible by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


Solar Powered Warning Signs
In the summer of 1998, the Public Works Department started a program to replace the old Civil Defense warning sirens with the new Omni-directional solar powered warning sirens. This project was completed in 2008. We now have a network of twelve new Omni-directional solar powered warning sirens located strategically within the Village limits.

The new warning system is powered by solar panels, which charge deep cycle batteries to power an array of ten speakers mounted atop a fifty-five foot pole. The old warning sirens were powered by a Commonwealth Edison service and were reliant on that power source to operate. This type of early warning network is free of the Commonwealth Edison power grid and will remain in operation even in the eventuality of a power failure in the area. This solar-powered equipment is intended to ensure operational integrity in case of emergency.