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Solar traffic lights: JRA or City Power’s responsibility?

Only 20 of the 2,000 signalled intersections in the city are powered by solar panels.

FILE: In a country with abundant sunshine and problems of load shedding, solar paneled traffic lights may be the answer. Picture: Supplied/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power and the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) are throwing responsibility for solar paneled traffic lights back and forth.

Only 20 of the 2,000 traffic lights at intersections in the city are powered by solar panels.

In a country with abundant sunshine and problems of load shedding, solar paneled traffic lights seem like a logical solution.

The JRA's Darryl Thomas was asked why there aren't more solar intersections.

"JRA is not in the business of providing power, so from this point onwards any solar panels that go up will be an initiative of the power utility."

City Power's Sol Masolo was asked the same question.

"It is the environment of the road agency."

It's understood there is a political tug of war behind the scenes over who will benefit from money paid by corporates to sponsor the panels

Click here to interact with EWN's special feature on the matter.