Public lighting for public spaces and roads are a necessary evil. They provide road traffic safety and heighten our sense of security on the streets at night. But, they consume a lot of power.
Street lighting is one of the major components of the total energy consumption in municipalities.
There are approximately 26 million streetlights only in the US, consuming the same electricity of 1.9 million households, and generating the same GHG emissions as 2.6 million cars.
However, the adoption of solar-powered street lights in the US has still not hit the hot spot.
Implementation of solar-powered street lights would alleviate the power burden on the system.
If LEDs alone can make enhance the efficiency of public lighting, picture all the benefits of having a solar-powered street lighting system.
Research based on work done in two Ugandan cities, Kampala and Jinja, found that municipal solar street lights offer a cheaper and more sustainable solution that bring large benefits to the city.
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