Solar

Solar Lights Illuminate Streets in Iraq

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] With a marked decline in insurgent activity in recent months, Fallujah is on the road to a much brighter future thanks to solar lighting.  The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the effort to illuminate Fallujah’s main roadways through the installation of 1,050 solar-powered SEPCO street lights.  According to a SEPCO press release, this is the largest single installation of the solar street lights in the world.  The lighting systems contain photovoltaic sensors that turn the lights on at sundown and off at sunrise.  Currently, the city’s main east-west thoroughfare has the new street lights up and running.  Work in other parts of the city continues at an installation rate of approximately 20 street lights per day. Fallujah is not the only city in the Middle East using solar power street lights to improve living conditions.  “To date, we have supplied 4 cities in Iraq and 17 villages in Afghanistan with our solar electric lighting systems” said SEPCO founder and CEO, Steve Robbins.   “It’s ironic, in many ways, that the success of our efforts in the Middle East is fueling the success of similar projects here in the U.S,”  Robbins said, adding that “The City of Dania Beach, FL recently completed the largest solar powered street light project in the U.S. with the installation of 124 solar powered SEPCO street lights.”