Solar Lighting for Student Safety at Massachusetts Maritime Academy: A SolarOne Case Study
April 11, 2018
In a campus wide survey sent to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy regarding campus conditions and improvements, students widely acknowledged the unsatisfactory lighting conditions. While some areas suffered from darkness due to old fixtures, others were filled with glare from poorly placed flood lights. In an environment such as a campus setting, effective lighting is a fundamental staple since student traffic is heavy on these pathways.
While the school knew the lighting systems needed an update, budget was a concern. Since there was no existing infrastructure on the pathways, the cost of trenching and wiring would be extreme and disruptive. Ming-Jay Shiao of Solar Design Associates was the Specifying Engineer who suggested SolarOne solar lighting systems for the campus. With reduced energy costs and immediate savings on installation, the systems met the school’s budgetary needs.
Installed in 2011, the Academy has 60 lighting systems including decorative pedestrian and shoebox parking lot lights, each model specifically designed for their designated application.
Safety was the top priority. With new lighting systems placed along pathways and near dorms where no lighting had previously existed, the long-walk back from the library late at night is no longer shrouded in darkness. Now, students can safely navigate the campus at all hours.
Allen Hansen, VP of Operations, is appreciative of the safety element. “When you walk down that area at night time, it really gives you a feeling of comfort and safety. And, we like the LED lighting” said Hansen.
Located in Massachusetts, the Mass Maritime Academy is subjected to snow and harsh weather conditions. With the patented SO-Bright Technology, SolarOne solar lighting systems feature smart controls that adapt the system to effectively deal with snow and other harsh weather conditions. With panels that angle so snow slides off on its own and our ‘Snow Cover Protection’ feature, panels will still operate when needed regardless of snow cover.
“The SolarOne lighting really has met all of our requirements”, Hansen said. “They’re attractive, they provide a good light for our students in the areas we wanted, and they haven’t added to the expense of operations on the campus.”