Your priorities will help us to identify the best solution for your project.
The biggest financial driver for installing solar lighting is avoided infrastructure installation. Avoided conduit/trenching/wiring, switchgear and site disruption will contribute to your saving. Within practical pole heights and system sizing, maximizing spacing will maximize your savings. You will not gain much by retrofitting lights supported by healthy, existing infrastructure.
Leading by Example
If the purpose of your lighting is to make a statement, you may consider using a more decorative solar lighting system, offered by our SO-Bright® Partners. You can also add optional banners to support your sustainable message.
Right of Way – Environmental Issues
Solar lighting is a great way to avoid trenching through wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. It also minimizes soil remediation in contaminated areas. Consider solar lighting for areas under power lines, over water district easements and near sensitive landscaping. SolarOne can configure lighting to meet with strict pole height and light spill restrictions.
Emergency Planning – Community Resilience
Power outages, often prompted by storms, make travel within affected areas dangerous. Although you can use generators to provide lighting at rally points and parking lots for emergency services, solar lighting can reduce the load on the generators, making them more available for communications and other activities.
In flood prone areas, you will want to consider lighting systems with enclosure mounted near the top of the pole such as the E-Series our new PVE-Enclosure. Grid tied lights can be damaged by flooding, causing delays in reactivating the lights and costly repairs.