IdleAir is exploring the possibility of ‘”brownfield parking.” This involves finding brownfield sites in cities where truck drivers can reserve parking to get their mandated breaks. Because of traffic congestion, truck drivers often park far outside of cities like New York, then “make a sniper shot in to their destination,” CEO Ethan Garber said. This tends to waste a lot of time, he said.
Brownfield parking is a great idea especially if it provides for solar shaded parking which could be an excellent community solar project. The shaded parking will generate power during daylight hours and then in the evening serve the truck parking with the IdleAir convenience. The result would be a win-win for truck parking as well as cleaner air. Food for thought.
For more information on community solar and its benefits, go to: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf
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