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Economic Benefits of High Quality Solar Outdoor Lighting

SEPCO 7/25/13 9:30 AM
Economic Benefits of High Quality Solar Outdoor Lighting

High-quality solar outdoor lighting systems provide illumination to spaces without traditional energy coming from the utility grid. This makes them a cleaner and greener choice for many areas. In addition, the economic benefits from the elimination of grid-connected electricity and costly utility bills, there are additional benefits of high-quality solar outdoor lighting, including:


  1. No line voltage, trenching, or metering:

    Since there is no need for trenching solar outdoor lights, wiring between lights, or metering required, the cost savings on installation can be huge. Since most of the cost for traditional lighting is through trenching and bringing in the grid power, solar is the go-to choice.

  2. No impact from grid power outages:

    Each system is stand-alone and self-contained with its own power source any grid power outage will not cause an outage of the entire solar system.

  3. Able to employ battery backup for cloudy or rainy days:

    In most cases, the battery system is sized for 3 to 5 days of autonomy, the solar lights will continue operating even when sun radiation is not available.

  4. Distributed light and power - no single point of failure for enhanced security:

    Since each solar light is powered by itself and not connected to the rest of the lights, there is no risk of a complete system failure, as in a grid-connected system.

  5. Easy to install with quick connect plugs:  

    The solar system components are modular and designed for easy installation within a few hours.

  6. No scheduled maintenance for up to 5-7 years: 

    Most of the materials and components of the solar system are maintenance-free. For example, the life expectancy of PV panels is 20+ years maintenance-free. The battery backup is also 5 years maintenance-free as well as the LED light fixtures give you 20+ years.

  7. No cost of replacing concrete, asphalt, or landscaping from trenching:

    Time and money are saved when installing solar lighting systems since there is no need to remove concrete or dig trenches for cables. The civil work is mostly limited to installing a pole.

  8. No cost of transformers or meters to be added for electric service:

    There are significant savings due to the fact that transformers or meters are not required for the installation of solar lights.

  9. If applicable, possible qualification for savings from various state/federal taxes:

    Several tax incentives are available for deploying solar systems, which make this alternative even more attractive economically.

  10. Controlled charging to prolong battery service life:

    The controllers installed in the solar system provide features such as low/high voltage disconnect, to protect the system and improve its performance.

  11. Reduced emissions of air pollutants from utility electricity production:  

    Solar power does not pollute, unlike the power normally produced by utility companies.

  12. Self-contained-light on/off controlled by automatic daylight sensing or a preset number of hours:

    The controllers installed in the solar systems allow for the programming of the lights to respond to the specific needs of the application, such as having illumination from dusk to dawn, or any other combination.

  13. Safe 12 volt / 24 volt circuit with little to no risk of electric shock: 

    The fact that the solar lights operate with DC 12- 24 volt, eliminates the risk of electric shock that at higher voltage could be fatal.

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