Most people are familiar with solar panels to power a home or building or used to heat water, but many people overlook the multitude of other uses for solar. Solar can be used to light up a pathway, light up the building’s parking lot, or even be used to light entire streets and highways. It can also be used to power devices such as cameras, WiFi, seismic stations, flow meters and so much more.
Each system has a single solar power array that provides power to the needed equipment. You can also string together multiple devices to operate off a single larger solar array or have a larger array setup that has multiple solar panels to operate a single device. The applications are endless.
Solar power systems also are used to power just about anything. There are more and more DC-powered appliances and devices coming on the market every day that can be powered directly off the solar power assembly, or by using an inverter, AC equipment can be powered.
The solar is sized according to all equipment needing power. Most cameras and other DC equipment have low power requirements, but when you get to stringing them together, the power requirement can become quite large. Another factor to take into consideration is the fact that the equipment operates 24/7/365 and should have enough backup to make sure there is plenty of battery storage.
A good example is using cameras at a construction site while the property is not being worked on for monitoring to deter theft. The off-grid solar-powered cameras can ensure that no matter the condition of the area, whether power lines are vandalized or power just doesn't exist on the site yet, the equipment and resources are protected. Best of all, once the project is completed, the cameras can be moved to the next location or left for the new property owners.
Solar lighting has many applications as well. Parking lots, roadways, signs, billboards, practically everything can be lit up using solar power. The solar lights can be a green alternative to new lighting projects or retrofitted into existing lighting applications to reduce power consumption and cost.
Solar lighting systems can be customized to the customer’s desired lighting levels and fixture requirements. Standard Cobrahead fixtures to architecturally designed fixtures all can be retrofitted to utilize solar energy and provide the lighting required for just about any application.
Each application is designed with the end requirements in mind. The solar should be designed according to the needs of the customer. The operation can be dusk to dawn, split time, use dimming and motion sensors, all to work with the customers' needs. Adding dimming and motion features should only be completed in areas where it is acceptable and not where light standards need to be met at all times for safety and security.
For the next project, you may come across, look into utilizing solar to power the need. No matter what the application, there is always a green alternative that will not only help the earth but will also provide a free solution for many years.