Roswell Officials Pursue Solar Lighting

Staff Report
The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Officials in Roswell are asking lawmakers for $150,000 to fund installation of solar powered light poles.

If approved, it would mark the first time the city has owned and operated solar powered light poles in Roswell. Mayor Del Jurney calls the project a priority because it could help curb crime.

City Councilor Dusty Huckabee estimates there's only one functioning street light for every four or five blocks in the area. He says many lights have been shot out or they've stopped working.

City Planner Michael Vickers estimates each light pole would cost $5,000 to install, operate and maintain. He says it would save the city money to use solar power by not having to connect the lights to the power grid.