Wind-Solar Combo Light Challenges All-Solar

SavWatt, the company that makes an LED street light that combines wind and solar power, is kicking a little sand in the face of a competitor. The company put out word that one of its Eco-Pole units will be installed at Fort Knox, and said, more or less, that it was needed because the solar lights from a competitor that are currently at the location aren’t up to the job.

SavWatt said the Eco-Pole would go up “between approximately five of the current Visionaire LED solar light poles,” and added: “Since we do not always have sunny days many times these Luminare (sic) streetlights lose charge due to their reliance on sunlight. We are confident that the addition of the Eco-Pole’s wind turbine will answer this deficiency and provide a reliable and consistent solution Fort Knox is looking for.” Oh, snap!

SavWatt Eco-Pole

image via SavWatt

SavWatt, which bills itself as the “leader of the LED green lighting revolution,” calls the Eco-Pole an “energy efficient, self energized, free-standing 60 Watt LED outdoor lighting system that is powered by a patent pending wind turbine and solar panel.”

The company says the Eco-Pole can stand in place of “traditional, inefficient” 250-watt metal halide outdoor lights “to totally eliminate energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.” We reported on SavWatt when the company introduced its 60-watt LED unit in October 2010.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

5 Comments

  • Reply November 23, 2011

    B M

    Hey Pete, nice article. Do a little research on the company and it’s CEO.nWould make a great expose story. Plenty of fodder. Would be the story of your career.

  • Reply November 25, 2011

    Aa

    SavWatt is a great company! Did the go bankrupt? I noticed that their stock symbol went from SAVW to SAVWE… If so, I have strong reason to believe that Wal-Mart put them out of business.

  • Reply November 26, 2011

    stockman

    No they did not file BK or a letter “Q” would have been added not “E”. The E was added to the ticker symbol as a result of a late 10-Q filing. It’s on Finra. This has happened once before, when they get caught up on their filing it’ll be changed back.

  • Reply December 1, 2011

    Nutzn Vise

    Can’t even read a news story with encountering a basher.u00a0 “B M”, a perfect name for you.

  • Reply February 1, 2012

    Montgty

    great customer service.u00a0u00a0 love the eco pole.I use a variety of their bulbs around home and love them>

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