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Solar Powered Parking Meter Does Not Work On Sunny 95 Degree Day

Today I had an errand to run in Downtown Houston. I parked on the street and walked up to the solar powered parking meter. I hit the button on the meter that makes the screen come on. But the screen did not come on. Without the screen, you can’t pay the meter.

( Above is picture of a solar powered Houston parking meter. You can see that this meter is well-protected from possible public abuse. My question is who is protecting the public from the meters?)

Today is a 95 degree mostly sunny day In Houston. If there is any day a solar parking meter should work, it is today.

There was a man standing behind me also waiting to use this meter. He worked for a courier service and was delivering a letter. I told him the meter did not work.

The courier walked around the corner to another meter. The meters give you a little slip of paper when you pay. You get the paper and put it on your dashboard. It does not matter what meter you use as long as you have the slip.

The courier put money in the other meter, since in this case the screen did light up, but after paying he got no paper. It was out of paper.

I’ll be honest with you—I was in a bit of a hurry and after all this I did not pay any meter. I did though call Houston’s 311 number for municipal services and repairs.  Hopefully this is being fixed today. 

I’m not by any means a reflexive basher of city services. But I don’t understand why simple stuff like this is allowed to happen. It makes people frustrated with the entire city government.

Bottom line: If the city of Houston offers you on a spot a city-sponsored solar powered spaceflight to Jupiter—Don’t go. You’ll just stop moving and spend the rest of your life drifting in space.

July 28, 2008 - Posted by | Houston | , , ,


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  2. based on the picture there is no sun beaming on the meter. the city shoudl think about either raising the solar panels, or moving the tree that is next ot the station. panels work by direct sunlight, not by heat or the fact that is a sunny day. it is just like trying to power a solar panel indoors. if there is no direct light, and if the meter is never getting direct light then the meter is poorly designed. The meter probably has a battery in it to store extra energy, but if the battery was already dead, then there is something wrong with the meter in total.

    Comment by alice | March 24, 2009

  3. Alice–They often don’t work in the sun, in the shade, near a tree, when its raining and in all other circumstances. Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 24, 2009

  4. […] even when the sun is shining. Here is a post I made last July about the solar-powered meters not working on a sunny 95 degree day. Since then I’ve had a number of instances where I could not use the meters because they were not […]

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  5. Good post! I think that time for adopting green energy sources has arrived.

    Comment by solar lights | March 21, 2010

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