Rural areas have less infrastructure; therefore, making access to power and lighting more difficult and costly. Solar provides the power for many of these applications at a fraction of the cost to bring in the required power, especially with the cost of solar decreasing at a rapid rate.
Solar LED lighting solutions can be easily integrated into these rural areas to provide light in locations that need it most. Dark intersections, pathways, parks, signs, and other applications can all be illuminated by solar LED lights and don’t have to rely on the grid power. Best of all, a lot of solar lighting systems are now dark sky friendly and do not take away from the beautiful night sky found only in rural areas.
By providing lighting in rural areas, there is an increase in safety and security. This is especially true in public spaces and along roadways. By increasing the security by providing power for lighting, and even other applications such as security cameras, there will be a reduced rate of crime. This can also have a great effect on residences quality of life.
The solar LED lighting systems can be much less expensive to install in rural areas since the reliance on grid power is nonexistent. There is also very little ambient lighting, so the amount of light required is much less than in suburban or urban areas. On top of that, there are no electric bills, and the maintenance is very little, especially with the increase in LED technology. Most components last 20+ years, with only the battery requiring maintenance every five to seven years with many commercially designed systems.
Remote buildings can also be setup to use solar power for operating day to day equipment along with lighting. These systems can be roof mounted on the building and operate the equipment using inverters. The systems work similar to a lighting system; however, they would be much larger and have a larger battery bank to provide the necessary power.
Solar LED lighting systems for rural areas are a great solution to provide power. Compare the costs of installing a solar solution versus bringing grid power in with your next project. You just might be shocked at the price differences.