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Parking meter relies on solar power

The new meter system installed in Parking Lot M is powered by solar energy.

A section of Parking Lot M, previously designated as the admissions parking area, has received a high-tech makeover with the installation of a new solar-powered, pay-by-space meter system.

Fitted with highly efficient solar panels and a rechargeable battery, the new system is not only environmentally friendly and uses a source of free energy, but was also quick and easy to install.

The new system, which serves all 33 spaces in the lot, requires less overall maintenance and offers better customer service.

Manufactured by Parkeon, the multispace system differs from roadside parking meters in that one machine can service 100 or more spaces.

"We are constantly looking for new ways to make parking easier for drivers on our campus," said Daniel Chambers, deputy chief of University Police. "We're very hopeful that this pilot program will be well received by both our campus community and visitors.”

Chambers expects customers will find the system user-friendly.

“Each space in the lot has been allocated a number, which a customer keys in on the keypad located on the multispace meter,” Chambers said. “After paying for the time they need, customers print a receipt to verify payment and go about their business. There’s no need to put the receipt on the dashboard of the car – the system is able to identify who has paid and who has not.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08