The City of Somerville will soon be installing networked solar lighting systems and LED retrofits on the community path between Willow and Cedar St. SolarOne collaborated with the City of Somerville to win a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center grant to create a “living lab”. AC and solar lighting systems located along the path will be able to “talk” to one another as well as the cloud through a wireless connection. This will allow the City to control the lights remotely, to receive e-mail and text alerts if there is an lighting/energy problem and will allow motion sensors to dim an brighten the lights as a group (mesh motion sensing).
SolarOne will be working to validate algorithms that will measure battery capacity and that will manage the lighting to address shading issues on the path.
The solar lighting will be incremental to the existing lighting, creating a safety net for the pedestrians and bikers on the path.