E-470′s solar power system has won a top industry award.
The Denver-area toll road won a “President’s Award for Excellence” from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
It was up against other tolling agencies in Georgia, Oklahoma and South Africa.
In 2012, E-470 finished one of the largest photovoltaic system installation projects of any toll road in the United States, making it one of a few tolling agencies that rely extensively on solar-generated electricity.
Within the 47-mile E-470 corridor, the system powers a 17-mile stretch served by the Xcel Energy electrical grid.
The 22 solar sites host solar-generated electricity panels for road surveillance cameras, road signage, variable message signs and streetlights, toll collection equipment, toll plazas, maintenance facilities and the E-470 Administrative Headquarters Facility, according to a news release.
The project has reduced electricity costs and E-470′s reliance on nonrenewable energy sources.
This is the second time that E-470 has earned the President’s Award. E-470 previously won the award in 2006 for its application of Lean Six Sigma strategies and tools to achieve business efficiencies.