Vermont winters can be lovely, serene, and downright cold. But more than anything, one word sums up a Green Mountain winter. Dark. Why, then, did Brattleboro Memorial Hospital decide to go solar? With SolarOne’s unique solar lighting systems, concerns such as harsh weather conditions and lack of sunlight are put to rest, field-tested to withstand even the most extreme of conditions, SolarOne’s solar lighting systems are a worry free decision.
Located in Brattleboro, VT, the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital dealt with a lack of parking space. When they came across a vacant lot just walking distance from the hospital, they jumped at the opportunity to use it as auxiliary parking. However, the lot was covered in weeds and lacked any preexisting infrastructure. In order to remedy the problem, Rob Prohaska, Director of Plant Services, had an inkling that solar lighting would be just the solution. Prohaska knew that energy efficient LED would be the right choice for lighting. When he added up the costs of a new meter and trenching and wring, Solar Lighting seemed to be the most economical and sustainable solution.
With a layout that utilizes nine SolarOne Shoebox Series Light Fixtures, the new parking lot remains comfortably lit during peak hours.
With algorithms built into the controller to monitor and adjust voltage from the solar module (Maximum Power Tracking), when inclement weather strikes, the battery storage is prepared to support the system for 8.5 days with no sun at all. This feature is critical in the Northeast. “We like the SolarOne Shoebox lighting so much, we are planning to use it in areas of the main facility” Prohaska said. “Nearby businesses are wanting to come on board as well.”
With a controller that allows total user control, it’s easy to see why so many people are opting towards SolarOne systems. Using the remote control, Prohaska can switch between different settings with ease, capitalizing on energy savings when needed. Now, nursing students can focus on their patients rather than parking issues.