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LED street lights and solar panels

SkysTheLimit
August 31, 2017 10:28AM

Registered: 11 years ago
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Talked to the crew installing the LED street lights and solar panels. They informed me that the solar panels are NOT for powering the lights. They are grid tied.
So basically WAPA has contracted these guys to install a "Solar Farm" on misc. power poles....... Should be interesting after a storm....

Re: LED street lights and solar panels

speee1dy
August 31, 2017 12:02PM

Registered: 10 years ago
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Re: LED street lights and solar panels

SkysTheLimit
August 31, 2017 02:08PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,876

It makes sense now since I paid attention. No battery box and not all LED lights have a panel.
On the boardwalk they have smaller panels and a battery box for each light.

These new panels look full size. Must have a micro-invertor on each one.

Re: LED street lights and solar panels

LiquidFluoride
August 31, 2017 04:47PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

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SkysTheLimit

On the boardwalk they have smaller panels and a battery box for each light.
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and 1 out of 8 works too!

I'd much rather see the grid tied (and functional) lights.

Re: LED street lights and solar panels

SkysTheLimit
August 31, 2017 05:55PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,876

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LiquidFluoride
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SkysTheLimit

On the boardwalk they have smaller panels and a battery box for each light.
.

and 1 out of 8 works too!

I'd much rather see the grid tied (and functional) lights.

Need to maintain the batteries is all........

Re: LED street lights and solar panels

LiquidFluoride
August 31, 2017 09:26PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

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SkysTheLimit
Need to maintain the batteries is all........

wasn't even a year before half weren't lighting at night... I doubt it was a charge controller issue, but maybe.

Re: LED street lights and solar panels

Scubadoo
August 31, 2017 10:08PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,033

Probably batteries. Probably standard sealed lead acid, the cheapest. I get about 2 years on one in the UPS and then they need to be replaced. And the UPS is not drawing down the batteries every day like the lights.

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