Solar power street lights illuminate western Canada

Enertia Engineering's cold climate solar powered street lights to line streets in B.C., Alberta.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Sherwood Park, Alberta – Kimberley, BC and Camrose County, AB will see the first installations of Enertia Engineering’s solar powered street lights, which are specifically designed for cold weather applications.

The company’s EnerSolar LED Solar Powered Street Lights are self-contained, incorporating solar panels, battery, controls, and LED within the unit’s lighthead and pole. As a result, the units operate independent of the grid, making them environmentally friendly, safer to install and unaffected by power outages. They also don’t require trenching or distribution lines and can be fitted to existing lamp poles as a retrofit.

Although using solar power in northern regions during winter months is challenging, given the relatively short day and corresponding low solar radiation levels, the company says that its technology for LED street lights, controls, and batteries, has created a highly efficient, compact, solar powered street light.

“A year ago, we thought we could only sell solar powered lights in equatorial regions,” says Darcy Braun, owner and principal of Enertia Engineering Ltd. “We thought, this technology isn’t meant for Canada. 120 Lumen/watt LEDs, batteries good to -45C and advanced, intelligent controls have enabled us to look beyond these limitations and create a truly unique product.”