The biggest challenge associated with lighting the scores of billboards located along remote stretches of highways and byways throughout the US is the accessibility of AC power. When AC power is not readily available or too costly to access, SEPCO’s ultra reliable grid-free solar power systems—combined with energy efficient, high performance LED flood light fixtures from our lighting partners at Hubbell Lighting—are an ideal solution.
Better yet, SEPCO/Hubbell off-grid solar power billboard lighting systems are relatively quick and easy to install. The solar arrays are mounted to heavy duty round steel galvanized poles attached to the top of the billboard structure. The billboard solar can also be remotely mounted on the ground nearby. The DC power generated by the solar arrays is stored in a master battery box during the day and then, with the help of SEPCO’s system controller, used to power the high performance Hubbell LED flood light fixtures at night.
Invariably, the best, most cost effective off-grid solar power billboard lighting systems will be in areas that have ample sun during the day, low levels of ambient lighting surrounding the billboard at night and can operate on 6-8 hours per night, the likes of which can be easily be split into a post dusk and a pre-dawn run time (ex. Dusk + 6 hours…off…back on 2 hours pre-dawn). Depending on the needs, each system is customized to provide the lighting and operation profile at each location.
Also worth noting that Federal tax credit is available to companies in the US that utilize off-grid solar power to illuminate their billboards at night. Have a billboard or a sign you would like to light at night but have limited or very costly access to AC power? Give SEPCO a call, we can help!