GreenCon is a new label that I want to introduce highlighting any ‘green’ efforts going on around downtown. The latest one that I stumbled upon were the new parking meters on the 200 block of West Hargett St. Here is some background information about these meters. We could see more of these pay stations instead of parking meters in the future.
The stations are very easy to use. The picture below gives you an idea of what they look like. I first thought that parking spaces were labeled on the street, but the signs make it very clear as to what your space number is. Being able to pay before 8 a.m. is also a plus to this system.
What makes these new pay stations green is that they are run on solar panels. It is not a new technology as other cities have installed them but I think whoever made the decision to go with this model deserves a pat on the back. However, whoever installed the pay stations and signs were not thinking things through. See something wrong in this picture?