So, why solar?
The reasons for going solar are many, but the primary reason is simple: Savings!
Primary savings begin immediately after installation in the form of:
1. Elimination of trenching and wiring, thus an immediate savings on installation costs and expensive copper wiring.
2. No system-wide power outages.
3. Total energy independence. Being energy independent (autonomous) means that you have assured that your energy is 100% renewable and local.
4. Zero-carbon footprint, guaranteed!
As shown in the graph below, savings start at day 1 as the costs of installation are reduced by eliminating trenching/wiring that is associated with conventional street lighting:
Our manufacturer, with over 10 years experience, has designed their lights to produce illumination (measured in foot-candles) that has proven to exceed conventional lights on city streets using direct measurements taken by our team at SolTek Renewables. This is an important factor when choosing to go solar as our lights not only meet the 4 points above, but they are superior in their real-world operations and features.
Many lights on the market use HPS, LPS, halogen or some form of Mercury-based luminaire that come with their own inefficiencies and environmental hazards. HPS and LPS lights are simply less efficient than our CREE LED lights, whereas the Mercury-based luminaires use Mercury in their chemistry. This presents a problem when lights (Mercury) are broken, either intentionally or through motor vehicle collisions, as they may require HAZMAT services for clean-up and disposal. CREE LEDs on the other hand do not require such servicing upon breakage as described above. So, the elements of safety coupled with efficiency make our CREE LED solar street lights the best-fit option available on the market.
Natural renewable resources are the logical step toward energy autonomy, whether it is an individual looking to curb their carbon footprint via the conventional electricity grid or a commercial property owner opting to control the energy input into their investments. Autonomy from the grid means no power outages will affect them when the local utility unexpectedly goes down. Renewable energy generated on site means a property owner is free from the dependency on potentially polluting, outdated and costly energy sources. Conventional practices mean that the electricity to power lights, mechanical and other operating equipment requires the input of energy from a source that costs money on a daily basis as that electricity is used in the form of monthly energy bills. Renewable energy sources require the initial investment (as do conventional methods) but with no recurring monthly costs. Maintenance of renewable sources is that of upkeep (think once every 3 to 5 years) in the form of rechargeable battery replacements. Any necessary cleaning of solar panels or possible wind propeller replacement is a maintenance cost that is minimal when compared to the operation costs of traditional energy sources (coal, petroleum, nuclear, etc.)
Renewable energy resolves conflict with special interests as the use of non-renewables is eliminated from the equation and all energy production is put directly in the hands of the end user. For those looking to run their own operations entirely, a combination of wind, solar, hydro and/or geothermal methods is a practical and feasible solution. Energy is produced by these methods by their particular means and used directly or as stored energy (battery storage) for later use. Batteries are stored on-site as part of the operation mechanism or in designated storage areas. For solar street lights, rechargeable batteries are mounted directly to the pole, above the ground at the base of the pole or buried near the base in specially designed enclosures.
The advantages of renewable energy are too great to pass up. Long-term costs are significantly low, autonomy is achieved and the environment is secure as the production of renewable energy has no carbon footprint and no adverse effects in the form of air, water, soil and noise pollution. Renewable energy truly is the wave of the future.