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Cost Effectiveness: Traditional Street Lights VS. Solar Energy Lights

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When thinking about solar energy, what comes to mind first?

NEW? GREEN? SUSTAINABLE?

It can’t be denied that, in an era of such energy scarcity, solar power will become a hot commodity of the future. In the city planning process, it is necessary to consider the efficient use of energy, which accounts for why more and more cities in the United States are starting to launch solar outdoor lighting projects.

Solar street lights have a huge advantage over traditional street lights. But when city planners choose streetlights, the main reason that stops them from choosing solar powered light is the high price. People take it for granted that the price of solar products is higher than that of ordinary products. But is that really the case? Let’s compare the cost effectiveness of ordinary street lights and solar street lights.

Purchase Cost

Generally speaking, in the purchase process, we look at price first. From this point of view, solar street lights do not have much of an advantage, because the price is usually twice that of traditional street lights. Due to the capital investment in scientific research and the manufacturing of special materials, the high price of solar street lamps is understandable. However, the purchase price alone cannot be the only means by which to measure the cost effectiveness of solar street lights, and we need to consider the costs incurred in other aspects of the purchase process.

Installation Cost

Installing traditional street lights cost a lot, especially for areas with insufficient electrical infrastructure, such as remote areas or disaster areas. This is because traditional street lights require cabling and trenching to connect to grid lines. In contrast, solar street lights are off-grid, making them much simpler to install.

Operation Cost

The biggest difference between traditional street lights and solar street lights is the energy source. Traditional street lights are powered by electricity (limited and costly), while solar street lights rely on solar power (sustainable and free). City streetlight projects usually require a large number of street lights. And the increased electricity usage adds up fast when using traditional street lights. Therefore, solar powered street lights have the advantage in operational costs.

Maintenance Cost

Maintenance costs must be considered in the planning and construction of urban street lights. Traditional street lights use sodium bulbs, which have a lifespan of about only 5 years. In addition, traditional light bulbs and some electric wires also require frequent maintenance due to thunderstorms or other extreme weather. Solar street lights are far superior in durability to traditional street lights. While they do require eventual battery replacement—the battery has a lifespan of about 5-7 years.

In conclusion, the installation cost, operation cost, and maintenance cost of traditional street lights per unit ranges from $7,000-8,000 over a 10 year period, while solar street light cost is estimated at $3,500-5,000 over the same period of time. The extra costs associated with traditional street lights make their advantage of lower purchase price disappear.

After comparing the cost effectiveness of traditional street lights and solar street lights, you can now choose solar street lights with confidence. In fact, the savings are just one small benefit of solar street lights. The greatest benefit is that your city will start to use NEW, GREEN and SUSTAINABLE lighting.

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What If Solar Powered Homes Were the Norm?

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Solar Powered Homes & California’s New Build Home Legislation

Here at Greenshine New Energy we are big fans of all things solar, after all it’s great for the environment, saves energy and lowers energy costs.

With the recent legislation passed in California requiring every new build home to have solar power which will take effect in the next two years, we wondered what would the impact of this be if every state adopted this legislation?

To answer this question we looked at new build home data and calculated the average new build house size and amount of solar panels able to fit on its roof to determine power generation capabilities for each major city. We then looked at the average electricity rates and use by city to determine potential electricity bill savings.

Average solar power capability for a new construction home in the US

The average new build home in America could fit a total of 18 solar panels on its roof. With four hours of sunlight a day and each solar panel being able to generate 250 watts each, this would generate 18 kWh of electricity per day, 540 kWh per month and 6,570 kWh per year.

Cities with the highest solar power capability based on the number of new construction homes per year

Throughout America, Houston is the city that would benefit the most from California’s legislation requiring all new build homes to have solar panels installed. Houston has the highest amount of new build homes with 17,881 built in 2018 so far and these homes could fit a whopping 321,858 solar panels generating over 9 million kilowatt hours of energy per month resulting in monthly electricity bill savings of over $1million for the city.

Other cities saving big include Dallas with savings of $905k, Atlanta with over $723k, Phoenix with over $624k, and Austin with just under $396k.

Cities with the lowest solar power capability based on the number of new construction homes per year

Hartford is the city that would benefit the least from California’s legislation requiring all new build homes to have solar panels installed. Hartford is building the least amount of  new build homes with only 285 built in 2018 so far. With such a small number of homes built the Hartford would see monthly savings of $19k with 5,130 solar panels producing 153,900kwh per month.

Other cities with small monthly electricity bill savings from new build solar panels include Buffalo with savings of $23k, Rochester with $24k, Pittsburgh with $26k, and Grand Rapids with $55k.

Projected California solar panel use and power generation if law was passed now

With the new California legislation coming online in 2020 we wondered what the impact would be on California if it was in place since the start of the year. California to date has built 16,698 new homes and these homes could fit over 300k solar panels  generate 162 million kWh for the state.

US cities with the highest electricity bills + their potential savings from solar panels

When we look at the cities with the highest electricity bills, Birmingham leads the way with an average monthly bill of $140.46. Jacksonville follows closely behind with a monthly bill of $139.25 and New York City with a monthly bill of $136.85.

US cities that could save the most from solar panel use

Looking at cities across America which could save the most on their electricity bills with solar panel installation on new build homes, New York City tops the list with a gigantic monthly saving of over 90% dropping their average household electricity bill from $136.85 to $12.65.

Sacramento homes, whilst not having the highest amount savings throughout the US, would see their monthly electricity bill become nearly $0 with a monthly bill of $0.89, thats a 98% saving!With such tangible savings, hopefully in the near future we’ll see multiple cities adopting this new legislation and solar power become a mainstay in cities from new houses to streetlamps.

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.

Solar lighting TML Conference

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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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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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.

Lighting Solutions for Rails with Trails

train - solar trail lightsTrails run along many active rail lines to provide transportation, access to transit, and recreational opportunities for thousands of Americans. There is also a growing number of former rail lines being converted into multi-purpose public paths.

Safety should always be the primary concern when developing a rail-with-trail. Illuminating rails is one of the ways to make the trail safe and more convenient to use at night. Let’s look at each player, the benefits/costs of each, and the overall quality of each type of lighting solution.

Types of Lighting

There’s a myriad of factors influencing lighting choices, such as trail location and features, overhead clearance, weather, soil content, etc.

Wired lights. Wired lighting is a costly decision. If well-designed and high quality, wired lighting can be easy to maintain and operate. However, it is expensive to install and complicated to repair.

The wires could be strung overhead or underground. Underground wiring is expensive but durable since it will not be damaged by poor weather conditions. While cheaper, overhead lighting is more vulnerable to weather-able conditions.

Battery powered lights. This option is the cheapest to install and repair but difficult to maintain since the batteries may need to be frequently replaced. If dead batteries go unnoticed, trail users have to face a dark section and their safety is jeopardized. For this reason, battery-powered lights are practical only on high-traffic trails, where a dead battery is likely to be replaced promptly.

Solar trail lights. These lights are powered by the sun so they are the most environmentally conscious solution. When solar trail lights are installed in more sunny regions, they are sure to operate at maximum strength.

This system also has little to no cost of operation, drastically reducing cost. Because there are no wires connecting solar lights, repairs are contained to a single fixture at a time, making repairs easy and time efficient.

LEDs. In comparison to standard incandescent bulbs, LEDs are extremely energy efficient and need very little power to generate light. They do have a higher initial cost but have an exceptional operational lifetime. Therefore, LEDs can provide huge long-term savings.

Reflective striping. Trails with dark spots and limited night use may benefit from the striping, which is the addition to the already existing lights. These white, flat and narrow reflectors can increase the amount of light and are especially useful if a trail is near a lit street.

Placement and Design

To develop a secure and accessible bicycle, pedestrian, and trail system, consult a professional who will plan out a proper design strategy. The implementation will help create a safe environment for trail users and rail operators.

Trail lighting that is well-placed, properly installed, and regularly maintained can enhance visibility, improve overall trail access, and convenience for users, supplying a  sense of security while using the trail from dusk till dawn.

Unlike highway lighting, trail lighting should be done on a small scale and only when necessary. Fixtures should shed light only on the path below. Preferably, there should be no glare or loss of light. In some cases, bollards would cast just enough light.

Maintenance

Wired lighting poses a challenge due to difficulties in tracking and repairing outages. A whole string of lights could go out when initially only one is the problem. With solar lighting, these problems can be avoided. Solar trail lights are practical because of their long lifespan, low cost, and maintenance. They can last for many years of stable operation if they are well cared for.

Rail to Trail Verdict: Solar Trail Lighting

Solar trail lights are an efficient, green and economical solution. They are a sustainable solution for well-lit spaces since they are built to last. Reliable and cost-effective, solar lighting provides energy savings and contributes to the safety of anyone going jogging at night, cycling after dinner or taking an early-morning walk along a rail.

At Greenshine New Energy LLC., we specialize in developing and manufacturing solar street lights, garden light, path light, park lights and lawn lights for outdoor applications. Our solar lighting solutions work on innovative technology to provide communities with top-notch solar trail lights at competitive prices and free of maintenance.

Solar in Schools: Alternative Way of Powering Education Institutions

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All businesses require efficient electric energy to run their operations. Any inconsistency in the supply can paralyze normal operations, which can lead to substantial losses. Due to the disadvantages of the traditional sources of electricity, many schools are resorting to alternative energy. Solar lighting in schools has proven itself to be among the most reliable sources of energy that can be both small and large institutions.

First off, most schools aim at reducing the cost of running their business. However, the reduction should not affect the daily activities of the firm or lead to a decrease in the revenue.

Commercial solar lighting has proven itself capable of helping schools cut down on the energy expenses. The overall reduction of expenses will also boost the overall performance of the business. It’s important also to note that the cost of a single unit of solar energy is comparatively lower than that of the traditional sources of power.

The government has encouraging measures for schools who are embracing the use of alternative sources of energy. Several tax incentives have been designed to support energy-conscious institutions. The government offers such incentives with the hope that more institutions will be able to use environment-friendly sources of energy.

Additionally, solar lighting requires minimal or no maintenance costs at all. Most of the crucial tasks are executed during the installation phase. Once done, you will be able to enjoy the energy for many years without incurring any extra costs. Solar lighting systems are also built to withstand harsh conditions and the vagaries of nature. They carry 20-year warranties, meaning that they durable and long-lasting.

The Green Label is another motivating factor for start-ups to expand their audience base. Everyone is now trying to save the world from the effects of global warming. Different companies dealing with various products have jumped on this bandwagon. Use of solar lighting instead of the traditional energy sources reduces the amount of greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere. Installing a commercial solar lighting system also improves the overall image of the company. The Green Label is not just any recognition; it is a secret marketing tool that you can use to improve the visibility and credibility of your school.

Why More Startups Are Embracing Solar Power

Start-ups - advantages of commercial solar lighting.All businesses require efficient electric energy to run their operations. Any inconsistency in the supply can paralyze normal operations, which can lead to substantial losses. Due to the disadvantages of the traditional sources of electricity, many startups are resorting to alternative energy. Solar lighting has proven itself to be among the most reliable sources of energy that can be embraced by both the home owners and business executives.

First off, most start-ups aim at reducing the cost of running their business. However, the reduction should not affect the daily activities of the firm or lead to a decrease in the revenue.

Commercial solar lighting has proven itself capable of helping businesses cut down on the energy expenses. The overall reduction of expenses will also boost the overall performance of the business. It’s important also to note that the cost of a single unit of solar energy is comparatively lower than that of the traditional sources of power.

The government has encouraging measures for entrepreneurs who are embracing the use of alternative sources of energy. Several tax incentives have been designed to support energy-conscious businesses. The government offers such incentives with the hope that more businesses will be able to use environment-friendly sources of energy.

Additionally, commercial solar lighting requires minimal or no maintenance costs at all. Most of the crucial tasks are executed during the installation phase. Once done, you will be able to enjoy the energy for many years without incurring any extra costs. Solar lighting systems are also built to withstand harsh conditions and the vagaries of nature. They carry 20-year warranties, meaning that they durable and long-lasting.

The Green Label is another motivating factor for start-ups to expand their audience base. Everyone is now trying to save the world from the effects of global warming. Different companies dealing with various products have jumped on this bandwagon. Use of solar lighting instead of the traditional energy sources reduces the amount of greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere. Installing a commercial solar lighting system also improves the overall image of the company. The Green Label is not just any recognition; it is a secret marketing tool that you can use to improve the visibility and credibility of your startup.

Morocco’s Solar Future

Solar streetlight - Morroco solar futureLocated on the north west of Africa, just across from the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco’s dry and sandy terrain has made it a leader in solar energy production. As a relatively developed country in its own right, Morocco is electrified and at the start of the 21st century, more than 50% of all electricity was produced by burning fossil fuels. However, the authorities in Morocco estimated that their energy needs will grow with the population and the economy, so they have made concerted attempts to diversify their energy sources. The crown jewel of these efforts came in the form of Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, a massive complex of solar power collectors. Ouarzazate Solar Power Station progresses in phases, separate installations named Noor 1 through 3.

Noor 1

Noor 1 is a concentrated solar power facility with the total capacity of 160 MW. The specific design is called a parabolic trough, with mirrors heating up the molten salt in the pipes to up to 400C (750F). What it means is that it collects the solar power and transforms it into heat which is then used to power steam turbines to produce electricity. Even though this method is more expensive than regular photovoltaic panels, it enables the storage of energy for the night. In the case of Noor 1, energy can be stored up to 3 hours.

Noor 2

Noor 2 is currently being built adjacent to Noor 1. Like Noor 1, it uses the same parabolic trough, but unlike it, it uses dry cooling to preserve water in the arid area it is located in. It will also have the ability to conserve energy for longer than Noor 1, around 7 hours. The capacity of Noor 2 is projected to be 200MW, and became operational by the end of 2017.

Noor 3

The third phase of the project is also currently being built. It is a solar tower type of complex, with the ability to store energy for 8 hours after sundown. It will add another 150MW to the complex.

With a planned total of 580MW, this is going to be the biggest single solar installation in the world. The main aim of this project is to cover the growing needs of Morocco. However, any excess solar energy is ready to be exported to Europe, earning Morocco money, just as the original plan intended.