Solar Powered Streetlights Test Piloted

A WinCo Foods grocery store in downtown Boise, Idaho, is the scene of a new pilot project testing solar powered parking lot lights against conventional lighting sources.

Boise-based Inovus Solar has installed six new “solar-enhanced” light poles at the store, replacing half of the existing high pressure sodium lights with Inovus Solar On-Grid Solar Light Poles. These lights feature solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity during the day and power energy-efficient LED light fixtures at night, eliminating 80% of the electricity required to power the store’s old lights.

Inovus Solar Street Lamps

image via Inovus

The Inovus lights also feature wireless communication technology that records real-time data on energy generation, energy consumption and the streetlight’s overall maintenance needs, which will allow WinCo to monitor, manage and control all of the fixtures from a central location.

A display illustrating the benefits of these new lights will accessible at the entrance of the Boise store for shoppers to peruse. If all goes well, presumably, these lights will become the norm at this and other WinCo grocery stores.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply August 9, 2011


    It is a small step in the right direction.

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