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BOISE -- Solar panels are being installed on bus stops in Ada and Canyon counties.

Valley Regional Transit says the panels and shelters will be most beneficial in the fall and winter.

Eighteen panel shelters have been put up so far, and 20 more are expected to go up before August.

The panels are set up to charge batteries used for the IED lighting inside each shelter.

If you look at where of some these shelters are located, it gets dark really early. It helps the bus driver be able to identify if there are people waiting in the shelter, said Mark Carnopis, Community Relations Manager for Valley Regional Transit.

Having solar panels on the shelters is expected to cut down on future maintenance costs and eliminate the problem of trying to run electricity lines to various, and sometimes unreachable bus stop locations.

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