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Solar-Powered Streetlamps Dark in N.Y. Town

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Solar-Powered Streetlamps Dark in N.Y. Town

Solar-Powered Streetlamps Dark in N.Y. Town

Solar-Powered Streetlamps Dark in N.Y. Town

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Normally, a dark January is just depressing but in Cheektowaga, N.Y., it's a dangerous natural phenomenon. The town's street lights run on solar power, and the area has gone without a ray of sunshine for two weeks. To remedy the problem, the Buffalo suburb is negotiating with the company that installed the lamps. It hopes on augmenting the lights with conventional power, at no cost to the tax payer.

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Normally, a dark January is just depressing, but in Cheektowaga, N.Y., it's dangerous. That's because the town's street lights run on solar power, and the area has gone without a ray of sunshine for nearly two weeks. To remedy the problem, the Buffalo suburb is negotiating with the company that installed the lights. It hopes to augment the lights with conventional power, at no cost, of course, to the taxpayer. And this is Morning Edition.

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