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Sullivan Renaissance partners with NYSERDA

September 12, 2007


[LIBERTY] – Solar-powered street lights will brighten three Sullivan County communities, as a result of a competitive proposal to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that was developed by Sullivan Renaissance, a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.


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 Liberty and at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.


“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 Bethel Woods Center, and then in May at LightFair International 2007, a lighting conference and trade show held at the Javits Center in New York City.


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 Sullivan County.  Solar powered street lamps represent an opportunity for communities to make connections between beautification and environmental issues.”


Included in the funding is a field evaluation of the fixture performance by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.  Results will be published in a report that will be available on the LRC’s website.  Hadco and SolarOne are providing in-kind services as well as providing 20 fixtures at a discounted cost to the participating communities, which will install and maintain the lighting fixtures.


“The Sullivan Renaissance project stands as a model of effective collaboration on how NYSERDA works with New York municipalities and technology companies to demonstrate new technologies which use less energy, return taxpayer investment with multiple benefits and improve our environment,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Paul D. Tonko.  “As LED technology advances, solar LED street lighting is a natural application, particularly in northern climates because both solar panels and LEDs utilize direct current power and LEDs burn brightly under cold temperatures.  I am proud to provide NYSERDA’s expert assistance to this tremendous initiative, which moves New York closer to its transformed energy future of smart energy use, saved dollars, and cleaner air.”


“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 Woodstock represents, this project is evidence that there are paths to a better planet.”


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 North America.  The company is a subsidiary of the Genlyte Group.  Additional information about Hadco is available by calling 800-331-4185 or visiting


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, e-mail 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 New York State.  It also cost-shares new product development and demonstration projects with New York manufacturers to help commercialize innovative, energy-efficient products and systems.  Visit


About Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, NY and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting.  LRC offers the world’s premier graduate education in lighting, including one and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program.  Since 1988 LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications and products.  LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers and other lighting professionals.  Visit


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 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 or call 212-260-0806.