Victoria, British Columbia – New signs and lighting at the B.C./Yukon border will now greet drivers with solar power, thanks to an investment by British Columbia.
“This alternative-energy project makes sense for a variety of reasons,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. “It provides year-round visibility for our ‘Welcome to B.C.’ sign at the border, a safer rest stop for motorists travelling Highway 37 at night, and reduces the cost of bringing power to a remote location.”
The province invested approximately $60,000 to provide solar lighting for both the welcome sign and the motion-activated internal and external lights at the rest stop located at the B.C./Yukon border, 220 kilometres north of Dease Lake on Highway 37. It was the only ‘Welcome to B.C.’ sign on a numbered route that was not previously illuminated. The project will serve as a test site for future solar projects in areas with limited hours of winter daylight.