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Seeing The Light on Oakland Avenue --- More Than Enough

Environment Ecology, Streetscape

As I was driving on North Oakland the other night, I suddenly realized that even though the Village has torn out half of the streetlights --- there was more than enough light for driving and pedestrian purposes.

Even though the lights on the west side of the street are gone - the ones on the east side do more than an adequate job. The question I have therefore is  -- why do we need so many lights ?

In an earlier posting to Shorelines, I had questioned whether "light pollution" had been considered in the Streetscaping plans --- and I would guess probably not !

Another question that I have about the  proposed lights is whether  new technology was considered ?  Why are we going with the same old electrically hard wired lights --- is there a solar alternative ?

Doing a little research on the internet, I came across a plethora of manufacturers, distributors and information on solar powered street lights.  I have copied one of the pages below as an example of the information that is out there.

Is it too late to reconsider the streetlights ?  Since we have only starting tearing things up, and it appears that no work will be done before Spring 08 at the earliest --- why not do a study on solar lighting.

Just think - no electric bills to keep them running.  No burning of fossil fuels.  No trenching or wiring needed.  In a Power Outage --- the street lights will still be on !

Wouldn't Shorewood be proud to light the way for other villages, towns and cities in the Progressive use of Solar Power for Streetlights  ---  or do we just talk a good talk ?

What are your thoughts on whether we have enough light or need more, and whether solar should be in the equation.

 FOLLOWING IS WEB PAGE FROM INTERNET

 

 

 

 

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The patented SL product series uses a flat panel design. Not only is the solar lighting system certified to this high standard, but the attachment to the pole has also been certified, eliminating any weak points that may cause the system to not withstand the high winds.

 

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Founded in 1990 as Solar Outdoor Lighting, SOL INC. is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial grade solar powered lighting products and systems. All of our commercial grade solar powered systems are customized to ensure they meet the needs of each project.

SOL develops and markets the most efficient and reliable solar powered systems for lighting applications including parking lot, street lighting, security lighting, general area lighting, trail and pathway lighting, outdoor advertising, billboard and sign lighting, and transit applications.

Solar powered systems help people feel safe, lighting up dark areas with dependable off-grid solar power. The systems install easily with no trenching or wiring. SOL's systems have the longest warranty, the most reliable service and the best prices in the industry. SOL INC. customers have enjoyed millions of hours of trouble-free service.

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