The first solar-powered weather siren in Daviess County is taking the emergency warning system a step forward in green technology. The siren is at Shively Park in Owensboro.
John Clouse is deputy director of emergency management for Daviess County. He says all 40 sirens in the county are powered with battery back-up and this first solar one is a test project.
“So charging that with solar energy versus an electrical charge from one of the companies just seemed to make sense. We have a lot of sunshine and the new solar technology is very good at being able to collect and generate energy even on cloudy days now.”
Clouse said the solar-powered siren is tested regularly and so far, so good.
“To this point it’s been working great. We have had no problems with it at all. We test the sirens usually about three times a week, most notably on Friday at noon when we have the audible test. The siren has been behaving as it should since it’s been installed.”
He says if the test system continues to work well and is cost-efficient, more sirens in the county could be solar-powered in the future.
The emergency sirens go off when there’s a tornado warning. The system also generates a voice alert if there’s a severe thunderstorm.