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Mike Collins Discusses How Solar Powered Street Lighting Provides a Sustainable Energy Solution

As the drive towards improving sustainability and energy efficiencies continues across the built environment, Mike Collins, Managing Director at Ovia, looks at the role that solar powered street lighting has to play in providing solutions.

According to global market research company Market Research Future (MRFR), the global Solar Street Lighting Market size was valued at USD 1.38 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow to USD3.96 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% during the forecast period (2022-2030).

Reducing environmental pollution and the sustainability of solar radiant energy are key drivers enhancing the market growth. Along with the fall in the price of solar lighting solutions, the rise in smart cities across the globe is another major driver of the growth of the solar street lighting market.

In Europe solar street lighting market accounts for one of the largest market shares due to advanced technology and efficient distribution network, reducing environmental pollution, and the low cost of maintenance during its operation. The German solar street lighting market held the largest share, with the UK solar street lighting market being the fastest growing market in the European region.

Complete independence

Solar is widely considered to be the most effective form of renewable energy, and the technology is advancing every day. Solar street lights provide complete independence from the power grid and, due to low maintenance and minimal operator costs, solar lighting has emerged as a popular and reliable source to power street lights.

In comparison to traditional street lighting, solar street lights operate independently, powered by renewable solar energy. These street lights depend on photovoltaic cells, which are responsible for absorbing solar energy during the daytime and charging a rechargeable battery. These cells convert solar energy into usable electrical energy that can power the lamps during the night.

There are many benefits to solar street lighting with the main advantages being their energy efficiency and the ability to provide significant cost savings over time. Conventional street lights are dependent on electricity from the grid, which is often generated from non-renewable sources and can therefore contribute to air pollution. Other benefits include no cabling or excavation, resulting in easy installation and no risk from power outages. Although the initial investment in solar lighting may initially be slightly higher, there are long-term advantages.  They require minimal ongoing operating costs, thanks to independence from the electrical grid, and require little or no maintenance.

Ovia solar solutions

As business and home owners continue to deal with the dual challenge of high energy prices and environment pressures, Ovia has been working on developing a new range of solar power lighting solutions and we have just added our first solar products to our ever expanding portfolio.

Harnessing the power of the sun is a new solar powered LED security floodlight and two new solar powered LED street lights, which have been designed to bring together cutting edge technology and elegant design and blends functionality with environmental responsibility.

The Zontor solar powered LED streetlight is a powerful 40W or 15W solar panel with advanced LED technology, resulting in an outstanding lumen output (4800 lumen on the 40W model and 1600 lumen for the 14W model). It casts a crisp 4000k colour temperature glow and the light can be adjusted 20 ͦ up and 10 ͦ down for solar charging. Designed to thrive in the most demanding of environments, its IP65 rating ensures unwavering performance. The Zontor features a slim and modern, patent design and the light can be adjusted.

Forming part of Ovia’s floodlighting range Zonne is the name given to a new solar LED security floodlight which has a radiant 8W output, casting a crisp 4000k temperature glow at an impressive 950 lumens. The fitting is IP65 rated and it has a charge time of 5-6 hours to fully charge and has two working modes – Mode A: 3-5 Nights and Mode B: 2-3 Nights. It is designed to be installed at a height of 4m and comes with 3m of connection cable.

The Zonne is equipped with an adaptable solar panel that can be easily adjusted. As a very handy, additional feature, the Zonne fitting can be disconnected and used as a torch.

Solar LED street lights work in all areas, making them ideal for environments with limited access to power. In addition, the portable and environmentally friendly nature of a solar LED street light can make them an excellent replacement for ordinary street lights and a good option for areas with no access or limited access to an electrical grid.

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