Greenshine New Energy Celebrated Partnership at MSA 50th Annual Conference

Solar lighting equipment vendor Greenshine New Energy attended the MSA 50th Anniversary Conference and Equipment Show this month, celebrating partnerships with fellow MSA members.

Greenshine New Energy, the leading solar LED lighting equipment supplier headquartered in Lake Forest, CA, celebrated it’s partnerships at the MSA 50th Annual Training Conference and Equipment Show. The event was hosted from Oct 2nd to 5th at the Fantasy Springs Convention Center, Indio CA. Members from 10 chapters attended the show.  

 (Greenshine representative Heidi with the City of Sacramento)

“As the Preferred Solar Lighting Vendor, we have great partnerships with Superintendents from many municipalities and counties throughout California. Attending this important conference is a way to show our appreciation for their support.” said Heidi Emmert, Vice President of Greenshine New Energy, who represented the company and attended the conference.

 

(Left: Heidi from Greenshine with Rick DeSantiago from City of Lake Elsinore. Right: Heidi and Kevin King from the City of Orange)

 

 

“The city and county Superintendents have done an excellent job providing the most accessible and safe public infrastructure for their communities. We were honored to be invited to become a member after working closely with the City of Lake Elsinore on several solar LED lighting projects. We look forward to continuing this partnership and providing the best solar lighting solutions for the city.”

(With Scott Ryan, MSA President and Bill Copeland, 2018 Peter Walsh Award Recipient)

(Right: At the Gala after the show. MSA Inland Empire Hospitality Suite)

 

The MSA has provided a great platform for member vendors to connect with fellow MSA members, many of them have been members and exhibiting for decades. The close/tight relationship between the vendors and attendees grows stronger every year, building trust and respect.

During the conference, Greenshine New Energy showcased its latest solar technology and product applications including solar LED lights for parking lots, streets, pathways, and portable solar lighting system for temporary construction sites. In comparison with the traditional grid-tied option, solar LED lighting systems reduce the cost of trenching, wiring, running conduit, etc, making them a popular choice for new construction projects across the nation. As the country leap forward into renewable energy and green initiatives, like the California’s solar mandate on homes built after 2022, solar powered lighting will receive more attention and demand in years to come.

About Maintenance Superintendent Association

The Maintenance Superintendents Association (MSA) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the public. This is accomplished by fostering the dissemination of knowledge and experience pertaining to the operation and maintenance of public facilities among it’s membership. Memberships are comprised of public agency supervisors, superintendents, managers, directors, staff, salespersons, and vendors of equipment, materials and services. 

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Greenshine New Energy will be the outdoor solar lighting exhibitor at the TML Show

As a leading solar lighting company, Greenshine New Energy is pleased to announce that we will be the exhibitor of The Texas Municipal League Annual Conference and Exhibition show. It is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of local government officials with around 3000 delegates from 300 cities attending this conference. The conference will be held from October 10-12, 2018 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas. Topics include smart cities strategy, Economic Development, Renewable Energy etc.

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At the conference, Greenshine will showcase our outdoor solar lighting products. Solar powered lights have always been considered the most cost-effective technology to light up the city. They preserve nature and reduce construction costs associated with trenching, running conduit, etc., making them a popular choice for new projects around the United States.

Greenshine looks forward to meeting and connecting with city department executives to figure out ways that can improve quality of lives of their citizens and tackle issues on illumination problems faced by Department of Public Works in the cities of Texas.

Our outdoor solar lighting specialists will lead the solar lighting exhibition and demonstrate various applications of our solar powered outdoor lights. Some of our lighting applications including outdoor sign lighting, parking lot lighting, street lighting, outdoor pathway lighting, etc will all be introduced in the exhibition. As a solar- powered lights manufacturing company, Greenshine is proud to assist city officials by providing a variety of lighting solutions to fit their needs– from the pathway, perimeter, monument to security lighting— to ensure the safety of city citizens and better serve the people in the local communities.

If you have any questions regards to solar lighting or needs assistance with your projects, feel free to contact us at 949-609-9636  or info@streetlights-solar.com

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Solar Lighting Basics

How Does Solar LIghting Work?

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1 Dawn: 

The voltage from the solar panel raises and gets higher than it was during the night. When a certain voltage threshold is reached the controller will detect this and turn off the light. The battery will then being to charge itself from the discharge that occurred when it was powering the light.

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4 Night time: 

The voltage from the solar panel is lower than the pre-set value. After the controller recognizes this situation, the electricity is drawn from the charged battery and continuously powers the lamp fixture. The light will stay on all night until the sun rises and the cycle is completed.

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2 Day time: 

Throughout the day the solar panels will convert the solar energy from the sun into electricity which will charge the battery. The intelligent solar controller charges the battery throughout the day and controls the current to ensure that the battery is not overcharged.

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3 Dusk: 

As the sun sets the photocell that is built into the panel will sense the voltage drop as the panels are no longer taking a charge. The battery has been charged throughout the day and is now ready to discharge and provide electricity for the lamp and turn it on. If there is inclement weather, there are at least three days backup for Greenshine’s system.

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How to Size a Solar Lighting System

Sizing is a term used to describe the measurements and specifications of an off-grid solar lighting system, which is a system that is not connected to the main power grid. While this task may seem daunting as there are many details taken into account when sizing an off-grid system,  our expert team of engineers will provide these calculations for you. Here’s a brief outline on sizing a solar lighting system.

 

Unlike most grid-tied systems, solar powered systems are off-grid and naturally powered, which contributes several extra factors when sizing your system. Because there is not a one size fits all model to outdoor solar lighting, our engineers customize each project to your specifications. For example, we base our calculations on your specific location by longitude and latitude to understand the sun exposure in your area. Additionally, we base all of our estimations on the winter solstice, which is the worst case scenario for lighting projects. This ensures that you will still have light even when the least amount of sun is available in your area. In fact, our engineers have even optimized our lights to produce power in cold and snowy conditions for our Mammoth Lakes project.

 

There are four major steps to create your lighting system, including calculating the load estimation, solar panel amperage, the backup battery, and the inverter system.

 

Load Estimation

 

Load estimation refers to the total consumption of your solar system. When designing your solar lights, experts consider how much energy storage do you actually need in Amps at 12VDC. They figure how much total Watt per hour you need per day and multiply it by 1.3 to account for energy lost in the system.

 

Solar Panel Amperage

 

An important factor when designing your solar powered system is to figure out the amount of energy each solar panel produces. To do so, take the total Amps required and divide it by the amount of sun available. Then, add 20% extra as a safety net for days with less sunlight.

 

Amps Per Panel = (Total Amps/ Sunlight Per Day) X 1.2

 

Backup Battery

 

Since not all of us are blessed with bright and sunny skys everyday, a backup battery is essential when powering solar street lights. This battery should have a minimum of five nights of autonomy to ensure adequate lighting, with more nights available in the colder, northern regions.

 

To calculate your backup battery, simply multiply the total amps by the minimum amount of days required.

 

Inverter

 

A solar inverter, or PV inverter, converts the energy generated by the solar panel into usable energy. Typically, inverters convert a direct current (DC) of the solar panel into an alternating current (AC), which can be fed into a commercial grid.

 

To make life simpler, our solar street lights do not include an inverter, as they are off the main grid system. Our team of engineers will ensure that you will have usable energy in the upcoming years when sizing a solar lighting system.

 

That’s It!

 

Once all these steps are completed, our engineers will continuously work with you to ensure your vision for your project becomes a reality. Greenshine will guide you through this process from start to finish to guarantee the best lighting solution possible. If you have more questions, feel free to check out our solar F&Q page or leave a comment below.

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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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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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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Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship

Want $1000 for college? Apply To The Greenshine New Energy Scholarship

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 solar lighting systems are perfectly suited for a wide array of outdoor solar lighting applications to serve any community or business.

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.