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How Can Solar Lighting Save You Money?


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Introduction Electrical Components Solar Components Electrical Installation Solar Installation Electrical Costs to Operate Solar Costs to Operate Electrical Maintenance Solar Maintenance Overall Savings Surprise Share this eBook!

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Introduction So you have a new lighting project and are thinking of looking at solar lights as a green alternative. As we all know, solar is becoming the go to option for all types of applications. This is an overview of how installing solar instead of a typical 250 Watt HPS street light can save you lot of money as well as reduce your COâ‚‚ impact on the earth. By the end of this you will have a better knowledge of the costs associated with solar and how solar is a better option for both your wallet and the environment.

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Electrical Components 250 Watt HPS Cobrahead Street Light  Light Fixture

 Fixture Mounting Bracket  Light Pole

Total Cost: $1,350.00  As you can see, there isn’t much to purchasing a standard electrical street light, but there are hidden costs to consider, we will cover that further on.

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Solar Components 40 Watt LED Cobrahead Street Light  Solar Panel Assembly

 Battery Assembly  Solar Mounting Bracket  Light Fixture

 Fixture Mounting Bracket  Light Pole

Total Cost: $4,700.00  Solar lights have a higher upfront cost...but there are other things to consider. Share this eBook!

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Electrical Installation  The first step is to extend the electric grid to the lights. This includes:  Step down transformers  Trenching and boring

 Underground wire

Estimated Total Cost: $3200.00  The next step is to set the pole and mount the fixtures:  Set Pole

 Mount Fixture and Bracket

 Estimated Total Cost: $750.00 Share this eBook!

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Solar Installation  With solar all you need to do is set the pole, mount the solar and battery assembly, and mount the fixture and bracket, that’s it:  Set Pole

 Mount Solar and Battery  Mount Fixture and Bracket

 Estimated Total Cost: $750.00

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Electrical Costs to Operate  The national average electrical costs is .18/kWh

 The average night is 12 hours and uses 3.6 kWh  250 Watt HPS light consumes 3.6 kWh per night  One light costs $19.71 to operate per month  One light costs $236.52 to operate per year  One light costs $5,913 to operate over 25 years Cost to operate AC powered lights adds up fast! Over 25 years, a mere 10 lights will cost over $59,000 in electrical costs alone! And that is assuming that the cost of electricity does not go up in the next 25 years. Share this eBook!

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Solar Costs to Operate

$0.00 Solar produces electricity from the sun making the cost nothing: No matter how many lights No matter how long they run

No matter how many years No matter what!

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Electrical Maintenance  Maintenance of the lamp and photocell  Lamp Replacement (5 years) $200  Photocell Replacement at (5 years) $85  Labor for Replacements $750

 Estimated Total Cost: $1035 This estimation is for 25 years of operation

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Solar Maintenance  The only routine maintenance required on a SEPCO solar lighting system is:  Battery Replacement (6 years): $1050  LED Lamp Replacement: (12 years): $850  Labor for Replacements: $1100

 Estimated Total Cost: $3,000 This estimation is for 25 years of operation

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Overall Savings  AC Power Light

 Solar Power Light

 Parts: $1,350

 Parts: $4,700

 Installation: $3,950

 Installation: $750

 Electricity: $5,913

 Electricity: $0

 Maintenance: $1,035

 Maintenance: $3,000

 Total: $12,248

 Total: $8,450

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But Wait…There’s More  By installing solar you will receive a 30% Federal Tax Credit of the purchase price and installation of the solar light. $5,450 – 30% = $3,815  That brings the final cost of the solar light down to $6,815 after 25 years Note: Additional State, Local, and Utility Credits are available that can lower the cost more. Visit www.dsireusa.org for more info.

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Conclusion While the high upfront cost of solar lighting can be daunting at first glance, the reality is that in the long run, solar lighting is far more economical than standard AC power lighting when all things are taken into consideration (i.e. parts, installation, electricity and maintenance). Better yet, solar lighting is good for the environment and will eliminate thousands of pounds of COâ‚‚ over their lifetime. *This comparison is for a standard 250 Watt HPS fixture vs a 40 Watt LED fixture as the LED can meet minimum lighting requirements standardly used for roadway applications.

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Benefits of Solar Lighting Solar lighting also has many excellent qualities. It is a green alternative to traditional lighting, it is low cost and practically maintenance free, and there is no powerOne billofassociated with utilizing our solar specialists solar since the be power istonot coming from would happy help you the grid. Solar also low voltage chooseisthe best option for which your lighting makes it much safer to needs install and and solar providelighting clean, is operate. Finally, solar energy! renewable renewable and promotes sustainability; its only requirement is the sun for Check Out See our Guide to: An Amazing Solar Lighting operation. OR Case Study Share this eBook!

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