Meet the Team: Greenshine List of Upcoming Conferences 2018

Every year, Greenshine heads to multiple conferences across America so we can connect with more professionals to learn, improve, and grow to better suit the needs of our customers. Our team is always there to tell professionals about solar street lighting, our projects, and how solar lighting can used in their local communities.

Want to meet us in person? Here is a list of some of the upcoming trade shows we’re attending in 2018.

2018 Department of the Navy Gold Coast

When: August 6th-8th                                           Where: San Diego, CA

Come join us at the annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast event! The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) hosts the premier procurement conference in the county where they educate and assist both small and large businesses. As a former member of the United States Air Force, our DOD specialist Dave Beatty will be joining us to make meaningful connections at this event and provide the specialized lighting solutions that military might need to meet their green and sustainability initiative.

Public Works Exposition 2018

When: August 26th-28th                                       Where: Kansas City, MO

We are super excited to be attending the Public Works Exposition hosted by the American Public Works Association in Kansas City this year. This conference tackles issues the public works department faces and hosts both professional development and educational sessions for leaders in the industry. After partnering with several public work departments all over the country, Greenshine is very excited to meet more professionals in the industry and learn how we could better assist with your lighting needs.

2018 League of California Cities Annual Exposition

When: September 12th-13th                                  Where: Long Beach, CA

Located at the Long Beach convention center, this large event attracts city officials throughout California to learn about new legislative updates, debate issues, and vote on the League Resolutions. Greenshine is honored to attend this event and present our products as an environmentally friendly and responsible way to reduce pollution and preserve our surroundings at a low cost. We care deeply about the issues and are eager to learn more about how we can be of help in our local communities.

National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference

When: September 25th-27th                                 Where: Indianapolis, IN

With over 8,000 park and recreation professionals in attendance, Indianapolis hosts the largest parks and recreation conference in America! It features educational sessions, networking events, and new product exhibitions in 11 different fields, including conservation, health, sports programming, and more. We are very excited to meet and network with professionals at this conference as our parks and pathway solar lighting perfectly complements the natural environment and provides an ecologically friendly way to enjoy parks and trailways at night.

2018 Texas Municipal League Annual Conference

When: October 10th-12th                                      Where: Fort Worth, TX

Join us at the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition this year! As one of the largest gathering of local government officials., this conference allows leaders to network and discuss the issues in their cities, making decisions that will impact thousands of lives. Greenshine wants to assist these leaders by providing a various array of lighting solutions to fit their needs– from pathway to perimeter to security lighting– to ensure the safety of their citizens and better serve the people in their local communities.

 

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Cost Comparison Between Solar vs. Traditional Lights

As solar lights have increased in popularity over the last 5 years due to emerging green technologies and rising energy costs, an important question is being raised: how much do solar street lights cost compared to traditional street lighting? To solve this mystery, our expert team of engineers gathered the necessary information to provide a cost analysis of each lighting system.

The Light

Traditional street lighting is defined as any electrical light used for street lighting, which is most commonly metal halide and high pressure sodium lights. The average cost of one light, including the lighting fixture, pole, and base, averages at $1500.

Solar street lights are fixtures that use a solar panel to garner electricity. They are off-grid and can be installed in remote locations. Because of the advanced technology required for solar lights, they are more expensive, averaging about $3000 per light.  

Installation

The biggest difference between the cost of traditional and solar lights lies in the installation.

Traditional lights are connected to a standard electrical grid to garner their power, which requires trenching and underground wiring. When adding in labor fees, this process would cost consumers about $120 per foot. The average cost of installation for traditional lighting would then be around $4500.

Because solar lights are autonomous and off the main grid system, consumers avoid the long and costly process of trenching and wiring. The cost of installation reduces significantly as a result, pricing around $1500.

Maintenance

Solar lights require less maintenance than traditional lighting systems. The typical lifespan for a traditional street light averages around 5,000-8,000 hours, while solar LED lights last 5-7 years.

While solar lights get repaired less frequently, the cost of each repair is higher. The battery of a solar light needs to be changed every 5-7 years. The cost of 2 batteries and labor for those changes averages around $1000. This is only slightly higher than the cost of standard lights which is about $800.

Energy Bills

Since solar lights gather their energy from the sun, there are no energy costs! Standard lights, on the other hand, accumulate about $1500 in energy costs over 10 years.

Incentive Programs

Solar lighting systems are also heavily subsidized to encourage the use of green energy. According to the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, there are about 200 financial incentive programs for solar alone. Both the private and public sector offer incentives to use solar, but each entity differs in the amount and type of incentive they provide. For example, North Carolina provides a 35% tax credit against the total cost of the system, while the Federal government offers 30%. For more information on the solar incentives, rebates, tax credits, and grant available, visit http://www.dsireusa.org/.

The Verdict

When comparing the total costs of traditional and solar lighting, there appears to be a clear winner. Overall, solar street lights cost around $5500 over 10 years, while standard costs a steep $8300. 

In the battle of the lighting systems, technology and innovation won. While traditional lighting systems may have won some battles, solar lights won the war.

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California’s Bright Future: The Solar Mandate

On May 9th, the Sunshine State became the first to require a solar installation on new housing. This historic development is that latest sign that solar energy is gaining traction around the U.S., hopefully setting precedent for many states to come.

The California Energy Commission unanimously passed the California solar mandate that requires all new housing developments up to 3 stories to include some solar energy installation in the home. This is apart of California’s goal to have 50% of their electricity to come from non carbon sources by 2030 and cutting down greenhouse emissions by 40%. Under this mandate, builders must either include individual solar panels on homes or attach groups of home to a shared power system. Homeowners will either pay for this new power source inclusively in the initial housing price or in a monthly fee.

According the the Commission, this plan is estimated to use 53% less energy than under the 2016 standards, majorly progressing towards their 2030 goal. In addition, greenhouse gases are expected to decrease by 700,000 metric tons due to this solar mandate.

How does this plan affect the average homeowner? Let’s address the two main concerns of this plan: the quality of energy and the costs.

  1. Solar panels are roughly suppose to provide about 60-70% of quality energy for the average home. For those concerned about the colder months, solar panels will still produce energy on cloud-filled days and actually increase output in colder temperatures. To provide even more insurance, the mandate dictates that houses would still be attached to a power grid to ensure a constant supply of energy among all weather conditions.
  2. The costs associated with this plan are negligible as the savings outweighs the costs overtime. While the initial cost of construction is estimated to increase about $10,000, environmental economists predict solar efficiency will save homeowners around $19,000 on electric bills over 30 years, averaging at $80 per month.

The California solar mandate made a giant step towards sustainable consumption and paves the future for solar energy. From solar panels to solar street lights to even solar schools, the market for solar is growing and demands attention. And it’s finally receiving the attention it deserves.  

All over the world, countries are making great strides to embrace renewable energy as a main source of energy. Morocco has built an impressive new solar installation that currently stands as the largest solar installation in the world. Countries all over Europe are replacing giant sums of energy, anywhere from a third to half, with solar. Now cheaper than fossil fuels, solar is taking over the industry. 

The United States should take precedent from these countries to more heavily invest in solar. In fact, our nation alone has the capacity to power major players on the world stage. Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few. California and its’ energy-friendly policies are raising the bar to encourage other states to take the steps towards sustainable living and is proving that investing in solar is worth it. 

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Solar Powered States

Solar power is on the rise in America and the International Energy Agency predicts that solar power will make 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050.

That’s quite a lot of energy and it got us thinking, what would it actually take to make 100% of the world’s electricity via solar power? Could America actually power the world with solar panels? And what could each state power if we filled them with solar panels? We crunched the numbers and came up with some interesting results.

No surprises but the largest states of Alaska, Texas, and California can house the most solar panels and also produce the most power with Alaska being able to generate a whopping 1 trillion kilowatts of energy, Texas 450 billion kilowatts, and California 274 billion kilowatts from just 4 hours of sunlight in a day.

Feeling neighborly? From Europe to the United Arab Emirates, each individual state can meet a wide range of countries energy needs for an entire year from just four hours of sunlight! Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few.

When it comes to powering the world, if America was one giant solar panel it would take just 16 hours of sunlight to power the entire world for 1 year. In 1 year it could power 105 years of energy use in the world.

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So there you have it. America could power the world for a whopping 105 years, Texas can happily watch the Dallas Cowboys till the end of time, and if California can reach 88 mph, they can time travel over 200,000 times all thanks to solar energy.

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Solar power is on the rise in America and the International Energy Agency predicts that solar power will make 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050.

That’s quite a lot of energy and it got us thinking, what would it actually take to make 100% of the world’s electricity via solar power? Could America actually power the world with solar panels? And what could each state power if we filled them with solar panels? We crunched the numbers and came up with some interesting results.

No surprises but the largest states of Alaska, Texas, and California can house the most solar panels and also produce the most power with Alaska being able to generate a whopping 1 trillion kilowatts of energy, Texas 450 billion kilowatts, and California 274 billion kilowatts from just 4 hours of sunlight in a day.

Feeling neighborly? From Europe to the United Arab Emirates, each individual state can meet a wide range of countries energy needs for an entire year from just four hours of sunlight! Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few.

When it comes to powering the world, if America was one giant solar panel it would take just 16 hours of sunlight to power the entire world for 1 year. In 1 year it could power 105 years of energy use in the world.

And just for fun, from time travel to powering televisions showing the super bowl, here’s some fun things states can power:

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So there you have it. America could power the world for a whopping 105 years, Texas can happily watch the Dallas Cowboys till the end of time, and if California can reach 88 mph, they can time travel over 200,000 times all thanks to solar energy.

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Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship

Want $1000 for college? The Greenshine New Energy Scholarship can make that happen

If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2018!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship .

Greenshine New Energy will award a $1000 scholarship to one highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the prompt below.

Who Are We:

Greenshine New Energy specializes in providing solar street lighting solutions around the country. Using new technology and the highest grade material, our products are perfectly suited for a wide array of applications to serve any community or business.

Check out some projects we have completed to learn more how solar lighting can benefit your community. 

How It Works:

Please tell us in 800 words or less how you think green energy technology will change in the next 30 years and what the impact on our lives will be.

Here’s How to Win:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • Fill out the form below, including a link to a Google Doc answering the prompt above. Ensure your Google Docs file is saved in the format (your-name)-(dob)-2018 Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship Submission.
  • We will pick a winner on October 31, 2018 and notify you*
  • A member of the Greenshine New Energy team will  team will email you to confirm your mailing address and send you a check or Visa gift card in the mail for $1000
  • We will announce the winners on the Greenshine New Energy blog.

To Be Eligible:

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on October 28th 2018.
  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college or trade school and at least 16 years of age in the US Territories.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Each entrant affirms that they have met all eligibility requirements and releases their entry to be used for any purpose by Greenshine New Energy.
  • Any and all submissions may be used in future Greenshine New Energy marketing.

*Disclaimer: Greenshine New Energy respects your privacy and will not share any personal information without prior approval from you. We will pick our favorite winners based on the submissions we receive by the deadline listed above. 

Want $1000 for college? The Greenshine New Energy Scholarship can make that happen

If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2018!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship .

Greenshine New Energy will award a $1000 scholarship to one highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the prompt below.

How It Works:

Please tell us in 800 words or less how you think green energy technology will change in the next 30 years and what the impact on our lives will be.

Here’s How to Win:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • Fill out the form below, including a link to a Google Doc answering the prompt above. Ensure your Google Docs file is saved in the format (your-name)-(dob)-2018 Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship Submission.
  • We will pick a winner on October 31, 2018 and notify you*
  • A member of the Greenshine New Energy team will  team will email you to confirm your mailing address and send you a check or Visa gift card in the mail for $1000
  • We will announce the winners on the Greenshine New Energy blog.

To Be Eligible:

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on October 28th 2018.
  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college or trade school and at least 16 years of age in the US Territories.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Each entrant affirms that they have met all eligibility requirements and releases their entry to be used for any purpose by Greenshine New Energy.
  • Any and all submissions may be used in future Greenshine New Energy marketing.

*Disclaimer: Greenshine New Energy respects your privacy and will not share any personal information without prior approval from you. We will pick our favorite winners based on the submissions we receive by the deadline listed above. 

Want $1000 for college? The Greenshine New Energy Scholarship can make that happen

If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2018!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship .

Greenshine New Energy will award a $1000 scholarship to one highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the prompt below.

How It Works:

Please tell us in 800 words or less how you think green energy technology will change in the next 30 years and what the impact on our lives will be.

Here’s How to Win:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • Fill out the form below, including a link to a Google Doc answering the prompt above. Ensure your Google Docs file is saved in the format (your-name)-(dob)-2018 Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship Submission.
  • We will pick a winner on October 31, 2018 and notify you*
  • A member of the Greenshine New Energy team will  team will email you to confirm your mailing address and send you a check or Visa gift card in the mail for $1000
  • We will announce the winners on the Greenshine New Energy blog.

To Be Eligible:

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on October 28th 2018.
  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college or trade school and at least 16 years of age in the US Territories.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Each entrant affirms that they have met all eligibility requirements and releases their entry to be used for any purpose by Greenshine New Energy.
  • Any and all submissions may be used in future Greenshine New Energy marketing.

*Disclaimer: Greenshine New Energy respects your privacy and will not share any personal information without prior approval from you. We will pick our favorite winners based on the submissions we receive by the deadline listed above. 

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Solar Lights for Parking Lots: The Design Basics You Need to Know

There are a few basic design principles of solar parking lot lights. To gain deeper insight into a cost-effective solar PV system design, here’s what you need to know.

What is Solar PV System?

Solar PV system uses photovoltaics (PV) to transform sunlight into electricity. Solar-powered photovoltaic panels, also called modules, contain photovoltaic cells. These cells convert incoming sunlight into electricity that can either stored for later use or directly supply a home or a business with renewable energy.

Solar energy is a clean and reliable source of electricity that has a vast range of applications. With its high rate of return, solar is considered a great investment opportunity and is now being embraced by many industries across the board.

Components of Solar Outdoor Lights

Depending on the system type, application, and site location, a solar-powered system consists of different parts. The main components are solar PV panel, LED light, solar charge controller, inverter, battery, and pole.

  • Solar PV panel consists of photovoltaic cells that are wired together and convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.
  • Solar charge controller regulates the voltage and current that is coming from the solar panel. It uses the panel to charge the battery, keeps it from overcharging and prolongs the battery’s life span.
  • Batteries store the energy that can later be used to supply lights and various electrical appliances when there is a demand.
  • LED light provides high-quality illumination using energy produced by solar panels.

Power Consumption of Your Solar System

When designing a solar parking lot lights system, it is important to calculate the total power and energy consumption of LED lighting. To find out the total consumption of your solar system, you should calculate total watt-hours per day for each part that will need to be supplied with solar power.

Tip: When making this calculation, you should also take into consideration the energy lost in the system for the most accurate results.

The Size of the Solar Panel

The number and size of the solar panels are important for the optimal performance for solar parking lot lights. They come in different sizes and types, each outputting a different amount of power.

To find out the right sizing of your solar panel, you should calculate the total peak watt needs. The peak watt (Wp) produced will depend on the size of the PV panel and climate of parking lot location.

You should calculate the total Wp rating needed for solar PV panels and number of solar panels required for the system so you will get the minimum number of solar panels for your parking lot.

The Best Solar Lights for Parking Lots

Solar-powered LED lights are an energy efficient and reliable solution for solar parking lot lights. To get the most accurate and cost-effective system, you should seek assistance from professionals. Choose a reliable company with a vast experience in developing and manufacturing solar outdoor lighting solutions.

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Over the last 10 years, the rapid growth of the solar industry has demanded attention. Large agencies such as Tesla and the European Union are embracing solar as the wave of the future. From solar panels on rooftops to solar street lights, the solar is now a major player on the world stage.

With all this talk about solar, have you ever wondered how a solar panel actually worked? Here’s a little introduction on what solar panels are and how they work.

The Basics

Depending on the system type, application, and site location, a solar-powered system consists of different parts. The main components are solar PV panel, LED light, solar charge controller, inverter, battery, and pole.

  • Solar PV panel consists of photovoltaic cells that are wired together and convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.
  • Solar charge controller regulates the voltage and current that is coming from the solar panel. It uses the panel to charge the battery, keeps it from overcharging and prolongs the battery’s life span.
  • Batteries store the energy that can later be used to supply lights and various electrical appliances when there is a demand.
  • LED light provides high-quality illumination using energy produced by solar panels.

What are Solar Panels Made Of?

Solar panels are one of the main components of a solar outdoor lighting system. While there are several types of solar cells, typically that are comprised of multiple small grouped units called photovoltaic (PV) cells.  These cells are made of two layers of semiconductor material typically comprised of silicon crystals.

Because silicon is a poor conductor of electricity, the bottom layer of photovoltaic cells is doped with boron, which facilitates a positive charge (P). On the other hand, the top layer is doped with phosphorus, adding electrons with a negative charge (N). Electron movement between the two layers with opposite charges produces an electric field.

Most PV systems are based on individual square cells that produce very little power, which is why they are linked together as panels or modules. During solar panels installation, solar panels can be used individually or wired together into larger solar arrays to produce the desired electrical output.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar PV system uses photovoltaics (PV) to transform sunlight into electricity. Solar-powered photovoltaic panels, also called modules, contain photovoltaic cells. These cells convert incoming sunlight into electricity that can either stored for later use or directly supply a home or a business with renewable energy.

Solar energy is a clean and reliable source of electricity that has a vast range of applications. With its high rate of return, solar is considered a great investment opportunity and is now being embraced by many industries across the board.

PV cells convert sunlight into electricity. When particles of light called photons hit the surface of a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. When positive and negative charges are separated, an electric field occurs.

As electrons flow through an electrical circuit from one layer to another, they generate a flow of electricity. After the panels convert the energy to direct current (DC) electricity, an inverter converts it into alternating current (AC) electricity.

Alternating current is the type of electricity that consumers use when they plug their appliances into a wall socket. Only after it is converted to AC, electricity can be delivered to a business or a residence.

Solar panels and Outdoor Lighting

With modern technology, large corporations and municipalities are embracing solar and are investing in this growing infrastructure. Photovoltaic cells require no maintenance, produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and are environmentally friendly. They are also easy to manage as they turn off and on automatically. Solar panels provide enough electricity both on sunny and cloudy days, and charge the batteries that can later power your residential or commercial solar lights during the night. With current technology, most solar systems use LED lighting as opposed to commercial for the advantages in technology.

Need Assistance?

Greenshine New Energy LLC. has more than a decade of experience in developing and manufacturing solar-powered lighting solutions for different lighting applications. As a renowned company with a team of skilled and experienced engineers, we can assist you with designing and integration of our high-quality products, such as street lighting, park lighting, pathway lighting, parking lot lighting, etc.

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Brilliant Ideas for Beautiful and Functional Solar Lighting

As the solar industry grows, people are looking for new and innovative ways to use this technology to better their financial status and health of the environment. Below are just some of the examples of solar lighting.

Pathway Lighting

Pathway solar lighting is very popular among environmentalists due to its renewable energy source and ability to preserve the natural environment by not adding any light pollution. Installing and maintaining the light posts is easier to ever thanks to solar lighting systems off-grid system, which saves upfront on trenching and long term energy and maintenance bills.

Greenshine produces solar pathway lighting with durable LED lights that can not only outshine traditional lamp posts, but will cost nothing in the electricity bill of the district. These solar pathway lighting posts contain a solar panel, and are completely autonomous. To have a beautiful and durable light in your favorite park or street, ask your local officials to obtain these marvels of technology.

Bike Lane Lighting

Much like pathway lighting, bike lane lighting provides guidance to outdoor enthusiasts. However, it is maybe even more important to have strong and durable light on bike lanes. Cyclists move fast, so being able to see potential obstacles in time is paramount. Solar lighting collects sunlight during the day and uses the stored energy for lighting the pathway during the night.

Perimeter Lighting

 Perimeter lighting uses powerful LED floodlights to illuminate the perimeter of a storage yard, boat dock, military bases, etc. A large advantage of solar-powered perimeter lighting is that even during a power outage, these units are independent of one another or any central grid, so they will resume functioning. This type of lighting is best when you need to illuminate a large, spacious area and ensure the safety of your community by guaranteeing continuous light even in the most dire conditions. 

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting is dually decorative and function, serving as a function of beauty and safety. Bollard lights are a type of autonomous, decorative light mainly used for lighting pathways and gardens.  Solar projector lights and solar washer lights are used for illuminating monuments or landscapes in parks. Projectors are small and rounded, but they have powerful beams that provide ample light to light the surrounding area. Similarly, washer lights are in the shape of a rod, similar to a standard neon light.

Parking Lot Lighting

Parking lots are the most common and sought after type of solar street light. If you drive at night,  you want your parking lot to be properly lit to ensure the safety of you and your personal belongings. Greenshine offers an amazing parking lot lighting system  completely powered by solar energy that include strong, durable LED lights that will perfectly illuminate your parking lot for the night.

Sign Lighting

If you are a business owner, you know the importance of marketing and how a sign can benefit your business in multiple of ways. Illuminate your sign with a flood of pure LED light. 

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European Solar Projects

The EU has been making great strides towards solar power in the recent years, as European solar projects have overhauled most countries main energy systems. Recently, EU ambassadors met together to revise the renewable energy directive, setting a goal to reach 32% renewable energy from the EU by 2030.

In fact, the EU bank has invested $11.75 million in solar energy in Zambia, Africa, proving their overall commitment to solar energy. Over the past few years, the EU has become a leader in renewable energy sources, building more wind and solar without any subsidies provided. Yet, they are in a solar race with China who currently holds the top spot for producing the most solar energy in the world. Therefore, Europe has upped the ante. Heavy investments in solar followed by large directives are large strides in the right direction, but more action is needed to follow China’s lead. Still, Europe stands as the prime example to the US and other western nations of the benefits of solar investments.

Some countries are more successful at this transition into renewable energies than others. There are various factors which determine the status of European solar projects, ranging from climate and sun exposure to political will and financial status.

Different entities in the EU have increased their output of solar production at different rates. Germany is one of the leaders of solar energy. Around 40 percent of the EU’s entire photovoltaic production comes from Germany. In fact, Germany thought that the 32% goal from the renewable energy directive was “unambitious,” raising the bar for the amount of renewable energy harnessed in Europe.

Other countries are impressive in other ways. The next 20% of Europe’s total comes from Italy, who is ranked 5th in the world just behind the US. In 2017, Turkey led Europe in solar capacity growth with a 1.79 GW, accounting for almost a quarter of Europe’s overall growth.  Denmark set a plan to reach 200 MW of photovoltaic capacity by 2020, but almost doubled their goal in the following year. Their ultimate goal is 100% renewable energy use by 2050.

All over the world, countries are making great strides to embrace renewable energy as a main source of energy. Morocco has built an impressive new solar installation that currently stands as the largest solar installation in the world. California has mandated solar installation on all new housing developments starting 2020. In fact, the United States alone could power the world: Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few. From businesses to even commercial transportation systems, solar is now a staple in the world energy sector.

Smart Solutions for Street Lighting: Commercial Solar Street Lights

commercial solar street lightsStreet lights are like superheroes. Without a doubt, they keep us safe and comfortable from the terrors that loom in the darkest hours of the nights, saving us from the woes that may come. While unsung heroes light up the night, they could seriously up your electricity bill. However, a new hero has emerged: commercial solar street lights. This lighting solution not only saves you from the creatures of the dark, but also helps you save on electricity bills, energy consumption, and upfront trenching costs.

Smart Infrastructure

Everyday, more and more cities are investing in replacements of their legacy lighting system with LED technology, which has proven to be a smart investment.

The combination of a solar system with LED lighting is especially practical in remote areas where LED-based lighting systems can be installed without setting up any external infrastructure in the traditional way.

Solar Power Systems for Street Lighting

Off-grid solar systems are not connected to the utility grid and therefore use zero power. Photovoltaic panels gather energy from the sun during the day and keep the battery bank charged. Batteries store the sun’s energy so that it can be used by solar street lights at night.

Off-grid solar systems are best suited for regions and countries where there is no power grid or where connecting the street lights to the grid can be expensive. These systems should have no other maintenance costs but for battery replacements approximately every seven to ten years.

An on-grid solar system is a system that is connected to the utility power grid. The electric power grid functions as a battery, as well. The system stores energy into the grid and then takes it back during the night.

No maintenance or battery replacements are needed for this system. This type of system uses a utility grid serves as a backup power source.

A hybrid solar system is a combination of the two above-mentioned systems. It uses batteries but can also feed excess energy into the electric power grid. Though these systems enable energy independence, they are more complex to install.

Commercial Solar Street Lights: A Solution to Street Lighting Problems

Visibility and safety. Commercial solar street lights can light up highways, streets, crossroads, and squares and improve illumination quality. Uniform distribution of light contributes to better visibility and safety of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. A well-lit street plays an important role in preventing accidents and robberies, improving the lifestyle of residents.

Energy consumption. Solar lighting is a solution to one of the burning issues today: high energy consumption. LEDs last twice as long as HID or HPS lamps but consume half the energy. They can deliver energy savings of 65 percent and considerably cut street lighting costs. And bonus, energy is obtained from a clean energy source!

Maintenance. Every street lighting network owner regularly face maintenance issues, such as broken lamps that need replacement and repair. By installing commercial grade solar street lights, operational and maintenance costs are reduced and the repair delays decreased.

Best Solar Street Lighting to Illuminate Streets

And so, the monsters of the night are hiding in deep dark corners thanks to commercial street lighting. People can rest safely in their homes knowing that solar street lights light up the night. Don’t you want to be a superhero too? Ensure the safety of your neighborhood by installing commercial street lights today! Save the Earth, save on costs, and save your residents from the darkness of the night.