Our children are our future, so keeping them safe is number one priority. Since school is a requirement of being a child, making sure there are flashing beacons in school zones is important for children's safety when walking or biking to school. It also keeps traffic at a much slower rate than normal and tries to warn drivers of children also being taxied by their parents.
The flashers must operate without fail during school traveling hours. The school zone flashing beacons can be activated by a remote, switch or spring loaded timer by the crossing guard or by a programmable clock that works without anyone touching it throughout the school year. Any of these options work well depending on the needs of the school.
Solar school zone flashing beacons are a great solution since most areas do not have underground power readily available where the school zone is active. Drop down transformers cost a lot to install, and if there is a grid outage, the school zone flashers will not operate. The solar will work without fail any time the flashers are needed, even for special occasions different then school hours if there is a manual override built into the system.
Other than the inclusion of a solar panel for energy generation and a battery assembly for powering the devices, there is nothing different between a solar school zone flasher and a standard electric school zone flasher. Both can have the same signs, controls, etc. built into the system. The pole is still breakaway in case it is struck by a car and all standard equipment is used.
Remember, as with any solar application, there is not a one size that fits all. Using properly sized solar system will ensure that your system runs flawlessly no matter what the weather condition is. The system should have a backup of 5 days for times of bad weather. This will ensure the school zone can still work even during periods of heavy rain or snow.