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The idea for a solar street light demonstration project was inspired by the presentation “Why Solar Makes Sense in New York Now” given by Richard Perez, Research Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University at Albany.
Communities receiving the solar lights include the Village of Woodridge, the Town of
“In this rapidly changing world, it is important for municipal government to try out new forms of energy,” said Frank DeMayo, Supervisor of the Town of Liberty, “Liberty is proud to be included in a solar lighting test, which we are confident will work to the benefit of our taxpayers, our public and the environment. This is the way of the future.”
The $338,425 NYSERDA contract includes $138,425 in matching funds from other partners, including: Hadco® Lighting of Littlestown, PA, and SolarOne® Solutions of Framingham, MA, which jointly developed the solar-powered post-top style lamp-post fixture.
This system is designed to address aesthetic concerns of architects and planners who consider decorative lighting systems powered by bulky solar panels and batteries as unappealing. Increases in LED and solar cell efficiency combined with refinements in control technology enable SolarOne's SO-Bright™ system to produce dramatically more light for longer periods of time for given solar panel/battery dimensions.
Educational banners – engineered and designed by Amelia Amon, solar designer of Alt Technica – will be hung behind the solar panels.
The fixture housing and base are drawn from a classic traditional design and integrate state-of-the art light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology and photovoltaic (PV) panels with SolarOne’s intelligent SO-Bright™ (formerly called MC2) controls. The unit operates independent of the electrical grid through a storage battery concealed in the base.
The lighting system, which is marketed as the Hadco Hagerstown fixture, was first displayed in February at the Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo held at the
Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee Chair Sandra Gerry said, “We are excited to be able to provide the organizational support to make this project possible in
Included in the funding is a field evaluation of the fixture performance by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
“The Sullivan Renaissance project stands as a model of effective collaboration on how NYSERDA works with
“SolarOne’s system appears to have reached the cross-over point to bring these elements in at sufficient size to be readily integrated into our standard lighting package and look like they belong,” said Hadco General Manager Chris Hammelef. “Area lighting that's un-tethered from the grid offers huge safety and cost-cutting opportunities for designers and architects,” he added.
“We are honored to be teamed with such prestigious organizations such as Sullivan Renaissance, NYSERDA, Hadco and the LRC for this project,” said SolarOne’s President and CEO Moneer Azzam. “This project transcends the demonstration of PV/LED technology and the fusion of classical form with solar function. It provides a glimpse into a most promising future, where the complex challenges of our society are tackled by diverse interests working at every level, from local to global. In keeping with the youthful spirit to change the world that
With heightened attention to security, aging infrastructure, globalization and increasing population, demand for outdoor lighting is expected to accelerate. A major barrier to this market expansion is access to power, which typically requires major investment in trenching and wiring. In many instances, solar power can overcome this issue. Also, each solar powered lamp will provide the peace of mind that it will be operational, even during disasters and emergencies when the grid may be down.
“The LRC is looking forward to working with Sullivan Renaissance and community leaders in Sullivan County to evaluate the effectiveness and energy saving potential of this cutting edge lighting technology,” said Dan Frering, Manager of Education at the Lighting Research Center.
About Hadco Lighting
Founded in 1954, Hadco is considered one of the premier manufacturers of commercial decorative and landscape lighting equipment in
About SolarOne Solutions
SolarOne Solutions provides simple and effective autonomous solar powered solutions for high value commercial applications. The company developed its patent-pending SO-Bright™ (formerly called MC2) Control Technology to power its HL (High Lumen) LED lamps for general outdoor illumination purposes with unparalleled efficiency and reliability. For information on SolarOne visit www.solarone.net, e-mail email@example.com or call toll free 877-527-6461.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was established by law in l975 as a public benefit corporation. NYSERDA provides energy-related technical and financial assistance to residents, businesses and institutions to promote energy efficiency and economic development in
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of
About Sullivan Renaissance
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. For information about Sullivan Renaissance, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org or call 845-295-2445.
About Alt Technica
Alt Technica provides design solutions with creativity, sensitivity to materials, technical proficiency, cost savings, ease of maintenance, and basic aesthetic principles to integrate photovoltaics into urban and natural landscapes. Visit www.alt-technica.com or call 212-260-0806.