San Diego Going Green With Solar Powered Parking Meters

The City of San Diego unveiled 51 new solar-powered parking meters Wednesday morning.

These new meters are part of a pilot project where, over the next four months, the City can evaluate whether the new meters are effective. So far, the meters have been placed in the Uptown and Downtown Community Parking Districts.

According to the Mayor's office, the solar-powered meters are more environmentally friendly because they reduce battery usage. They also provide more timely information and statistics for the City's parking management effort.

The IPS Group, Inc., located here in San Diego, developed this new meter project. The group says this new meter will be more convenient because it allows a broader range of payment options including credit cards, pre-paid parking value cards and coins.

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