Solar Lighting for Park and Recreation Projects
Solar LED lighting systems can be used for many projects around a park, including for streets, parking lots, trails, pavilions, and much more.
Learn about how solar lighting can be utilized, helping parks and recreation departments save money and become more sustainable for our future.
Increase your park's safety and security, especially after hours. Allows for a park to stay open and accessible after dark, keeping visitors safe and secure by providing increased visibility and decreasing theft and vandalism cases. The increased illumination will make your park a place where people feel safe and secure.
Reduce Environmental Impact
Utilizing solar LED lighting systems for your parks department reduces your impact on the environment by lowering your energy requirements, lowering displacement of natural areas, and reducing downtime, while also lowering the installation impact on the surrounding area.
Installation, maintenance, and utility costs are all associated with lighting. Using solar eliminates the utility costs, while also reducing maintenance and installation costs. No additional wiring, underground utilities, high voltage lines, or the like is required. There is also no need to disturb the surrounding landscape. With solar, you just set the pole and forget it, with the first maintenance five years out in most cases, sometimes longer.
Solar Street Lighting
Streets and roadways illuminated by solar LED lighting systems provide park and recreation facilities with a renewable way to provide illumination. Not only is solar the perfect choice in areas where the grid power doesn't exist, like in rural or remote areas, but it can also decrease their dependency on utilities in main areas.
Parks and P&R facility's parking lots require illumination for nighttime visitors and workers to provide added safety and security. Solar can fill the gap when traditional grid power doesn't exist at a site, or the parks department is looking to increase its safety without increasing utility costs.
Playgrounds are a great way to create a community space where people can bring their families to get out some of that energy. Illuminating these spaces after dark can extend the time when families can use the area, or for security purposes after closing. Park playgrounds can be a great place to utilize solar lighting systems as they do not require traditional grid power installation, which can disturb the surrounding natural areas.
Parks and recreation entrance signs are at times located in very remote areas, way outside the grid extension. Solar can easily fill in and provide power for internal LED signs or power a floodlight or two, or four, to illuminate a large monument sign. Solar has even been used for many other types of signs, such as banners, billboards and more.
General areas, such as boat ramps, camping areas, kayak launches, and so much more can be illuminated by remote solar LED security lighting systems. These areas are more often used after dark and have people active in the first part of the evening or just before dawn.
Park pavilions are a great place to gather, especially for special events and family outings. These pavilions can offer a place to find shade, shelter from the weather, and a place to cook a good meal. Offering illumination to the pavilion allows later visitors to have the ability for good visibility while also helping people enjoy the space later in the day.
Not sure where to start?
Check out our solar lighting design guide and see what it takes to design a commercial solar lighting system