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Solar Powers Public Sculpture with dynamic LED Show

The Background

In association with urban design works and a major revitalisation project nearing completion in Hunters Hill Village, the Hunter’s Hill Council Public Art Committee went through an extensive process in engaging an artist to design a piece of public art to be designed and installed in the area directly opposite Mapledorums Corner (corner of Ryde Rd and Gladesville Rd). The Committee forwarded a Public Art Brief to artists throughout metropolitan and regional NSW prior to selecting the public art concept submitted by Public Art Artist, Col Henry. The Committee determined that the Col Henry concept was to be pursued for its ability to interact and engage with users of the village as well as its aesthetic attributes. Col Henry engaged with over 100 residents who provided valuable input. Participants included students from Hunters Hill Public School, members from; Hunters Hill Historical Society, Hunters Hill Village Main Street Committee, Hunters Hill Public Art Committee, and users of Hunters Hill Village.

The Public Art would also include an affective dynamic LED display for their popular Gladesville shopping precinct. The LED Display would feature RGB colour changing sequences throughout its night time duty cycle. However, it quickly became evident that the cost to run conventional power was going to difficult not only from a metering perspective but that the underground services where always going to make it challenging to cable around them.

The Solution

Solar G had then been approached by Council to work in with Col Henry to design an off grid solar power solution that would provide power for the LED lighting display. However, in briefing Solar G, Council stipulated that the solar system needed have minimal construction disruption window with only a minor inconvenience to residents, shop keepers and their patrons.

The 12vdc system design included a 250W solar array positioned on top of a Battery Pole and to be installed adjacent to the Sculpture. This pole would also house the Colour Controller, the Regulator and the Batteries.

Furthermore, due to a high volume of vehicular traffic the erection of the solar array had to be carried out at night with Traffic Control Management in place to facilitate the installation.

The Result

The work represents the growth of the area and how it has changed dramatically over the years; bringing life, movement and energy to the site. There are symbol references on the work which were developed as part of discussions with local residents and what they see as being of significance to the local area, including; Aboriginal middens, Sandstone, Bushland, Water, Fig trees, and Jacarandas. Audiences may view the work as three trees or flowers, however the artwork can be interpreted in many other ways. Ultimately, the work gives people an opportunity to look, wonder, think, talk and consider.

The 6x LED Downlights operate at 3 watt each giving a magnificent and uniform display of dynamic colour changing. The Hunters Hill Community now enjoy a unique Public Sculpture than can be appreciated Morning, Noon and Night.

Solar G is an Australian owned and operated solar manufacturing business in Kurnell NSW.

For more information please contact:

Solar G: Warren Stranger warren@solarg.com.au

Hunters Hills Council Corporate Strategist: Annie Goodman goodmana@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

 

Solar Street Lighting installed at Fairfield Car Park

The Background

Over the years, the Fairfield City Council has been steadily improving their public car park facilities; particularly in and around densely populated areas of Cabramatta/Fairfield. Strategic land acquisition and smart rezoning has been instrumental in allowing them to build these always needed facilities.

The Council had successfully integrated Solar Street Lighting in the design mix for a car park built at Cabramatta a few years back. With its success, Council had again earmarked Solar Street Lighting for a proposed car park now at Barbara St, Fairfield. This construction would see an additional 45 spaces including two dedicated as Disable Spaces.

The Lighting Design was required to meet AS1158 P11c. The Fittings were to be of a highly qualified robust LED lamping and have a modern appeal. Being consistent with Council Policy, it was also mandatory in keeping a minimal impact of both light spill and glare on adjoining residential properties.

Then back in 2014, Council called a RFQ for the design, manufacture and installation of Solar Street Lighting to meet this criteria.

The Solution

Later that year, Solar G had then been awarded the Contract. The system design included 5x 30W GRAH Aerolite LSL LED Fittings supplied by the Solar G’s strategic Partners, Highlux. However, due to construction delays, installation was completed in December 2015. The batteries and controllers are housed at the base of each pole which allows quick access for any future inspection and maintenance program required.

The Result

The outstanding Grah LED lamping technology provides adequate and an even light distribution throughout. Impressively, Grah provides automotive LED lights for acknowledged companies like Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, VW, GM, and Nissan.

The Solar G 12vdc systems uses the best of renewable components in an already progressive and sustainable environment. The Good News? The Fairfield Council will never see an Electricity Bill and will enjoy years of trouble-free operation. The Fairfield Community now has a well lit and safe car park and will help to ease the traffic congestion. The Lights will operate All Night.

Solar G is an Australian owned and operated manufacturing business in Kurnell NSW provide solar Off-Grid power solutions. For more information Please contact Warren@solarg.com.au

Solar Street Lighting Illuminates Western Night

Solar Street Lighting Illuminates Western Night

The Background

The Cities of Penrith and Blacktown are two of Sydney’s largest LGA’s. The both have recently implemented steps to increase lighting in and around each of their respected pathway networks.

Penrith Council’s Walk Wise project which is aimed at renewing and activating public spaces and shared pathways to enhance community safety called for submissions to illuminate approx 600 Metres of pathway at their highly popular Jamison Park Sporting Complex.

At the same time, the Blacktown Council through their Use of Open Space, Safety and Crime Prevention Policy called for submissions to illuminate approx 600 metres of their pathway at Troubadour Reserve, Kings Langley. Both projects were required to be lit to AS1158 P4.

Solar Powered Street Lighting was both their preferred option to eliminate the costly trenching and cabling of high voltage circuits.

In consultation with each of their respective communities it was decided the lighting should be on Timer Switches and to turn on/off a prescribed times throughout the year.

The Solution

Solar G had been commissioned to install 17 of their highly popular Light House Systems at Jamison Park, South Penrith. Timers were to be switched off the lights at 9PM. A further 15 Light House Systems were also installed in Troubadour Park, Kings Langley. Timers were to be switched off at 11:30PM. Solar G integrated the Astro Timer Switches which automatically adjusts for DaylightSavings throughout the year. The Japanese made KAGA LED light fittings were selected due to their outstanding output & quality, cost effectiveness and expected long life.

The Result

In both the Penrith and Blacktown Projects the Light Houses distribute the lighting efficiently down the paths with minimum upward or back spill. The community can now enjoy the security and the use of these pathways all year round.

For more information Please contact Warren@solarg.com.au

 

Solar Bollards light the Green Hills

The Background

The Sutherland Shire Council has been embellishing the beach-front housing estate of Green Hills. Situated between Cronulla and Kurnell the exclusive estate boasts a large Sporting Oval, Clubhouse, Amenity Blocks and other recreational provisions. The Council then wanted to provide some degree of illumination to approx 200 metres of sandy pathways leading to and from the beach.

In consultation with the community it had then been decided that bollard lights be favoured over pole top lighting. This is also consistent with Council Policy of minimising the effects of light spill and glare on adjoining residential properties.

The Solution

Solar G was commissioned to install a Bollard Lighting System that did not require cable feeds between the Bollards. The Bollards were to be free-standing and completely autonomous.

Solar G designed an integrated arrangement of a Recycled Plastic Posts (Replas) along with an accompanied LED Solar Light Head (SBL). This had been and accepted by Council commissioning Solar G to proceed.

 

The Result

The twenty seven (27) Bollard units are now installed spaced at 8 metre centres. They provide good delineation of the paths and have met with positive feedback. Referred to as The Green Hill, the 3.2 Extra Low Voltage Bollards use the best of renewable components in an already sustainable environment. Each of the 0.55 watt Green Hill Bollards are to operate All Night. For more information please contact Warren@solarg.com.au

Solar Street Lighting increases security at Huntleys Point Walk

The Background

Early in 2014, The Hunters Hill Council (NSW) identified approx 600 metres of pathway that was in need of a complete lighting and supplementation upgrade. Referred to as a “Walk”, the path runs from the highly patronized Huntleys Point Wharf extending along Council’s Gladesville Reserve ending at Crown Street on the Reserve’s western side.

The existing lighting (installed back in 1999) was a combination of outdated and substandard Solar Lights and Bollard units.

One of the main hurdles to overcome is that about 50% of the path is shaded by large tree canopy; resulting in insufficient Sun radiation required to recharge the batteries all year around.

In mid 2014 the Council sought submissions for a comprehensive solar lighting solution to be staged over two sections of the path.

The Solution

Funded through the NSW Transport Access Program, Solar G was commissioned to install the Solar Street Lighting in areas along the path identified as a priority.

The Solar G design scheme included 12x Light Poles; 6 of which were connected via low voltage cabling due to the dense tree canopy. The remaining 6 lights were free standing Light Houses. All included the outstanding Kaga Ledeema 8 watt LED fittings.

The Result

The project was completed in February of this year. The Solar Powered LED Street Lighting is uniform and illuminates the pathway well. This has greatly improved security for patrons and in particular to those going to and coming from the Huntleys Point Wharf. The Lighting will operate all night.

For more information, please contact Warren@solarg.com.au

“Light Houses” shine Parramatta Lane Ways!

The Background

The Parramatta City Council have identified poorly lit “Lane Ways” throughout their local government area. Many of these small thoroughfares had been developed without conventional street lighting for one reason or another.

However with community feedback, Council determined that by installing passive solar street lighting it would provide pedestrians a safe walking passage as well as reduce loitering hence potential crime.

Solar G was recently commissioned to install Solar Street Lighting in those areas currently identified as a priority.

The Solution

The Light House Street Lighting Systems were chosen due their price cost effectiveness, low maintenance, ease of installation and with little disruption to the public and surrounding environment (Read more on the Light House from previous Blog). “Light Houses” appeal to Local Councils across the Nation.

Light House Systems (designed and built in Sydney) have now been installed in three of Parramatta’s City’s Lane Ways. These include installations in Rosehill, Parramatta and Ermington. The Solar Street Lights have been positioned at 30 metres spacings providing adequate lighting without any unnecessary “spill’ into residential homes and yards.

The Result

The Solar LED Street lighting is uniform and illuminates each Lane Way as expected. The Light Houses will operate All Night.

For more information Please contact Gordon@solarg.com.au

Solar Street Lights extends ‘play time’ at Dog Off Leash Area

The Background

The Camden Council commissioned Solar G to install Solar Street Lighting at their popular Dog Off Leash Reserve situated at the end of River Road in Eldesrlie.

The brief was to provide a lighting corridor that would start at the car park through the entrance gates and then continue the lighting along the two adjoining fence lines. The intention was to illuminate some (not all) of the Obstacle Course. It was also to provide adequate lighting for patrons to use the facilities for a few hours after Sunset as well as to provide safe passage back to their vehicles.

The Solution

Six (6) Light House Systems using 17 watt Led fittings ( Single 33 watt for the car park) were chosen due their price cost effectiveness and ease of installation.

Note: You can read up on the Light House system in our previous Blog.

Each LED fitting (Kaga Ledeema) was angled upward 20 degrees. This allowed the light to be projected significantly more forward which in-turn allowed good coverage well into the Reserve.

The Result

The Solar powered LED lighting is uniform and illuminates the area as expected. The lighting will operate for three hours each night with an additional hour each morning (3/1 Split time).

The Patrons are happy since it extends exercise time with their beloved pooches and particularly for those who work during the day and wish to spend quality time having a ‘ball’ so to speak.

For more information Please contact Warren@solarg.com.au

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“Light Houses” appeal to Local Councils across the Nation.

The Background
In 2012, Solar G designed a solar street lighting system that would incorporate the latest in technology, be visually appealing, affordable and versatile that it could be installed in most precincts in and around public open space. This would include retrofitting to existing pole structures and could be easily attached to a side of a building without a pole. As a result, the Light House System was created; manufactured right here in Australia.
The Battery
The success of the Light House solar street light is primarily due to the introduction of the Lithium Iron Phosphate (LIP) Battery. Its energy dense battery management has allowed Solar G to build small but very efficient systems removing the ‘bulkiness’ of conventional solar lighting systems. For instance, Lithium can cycle up to 10x longer than many conventional batteries. While many conventional battery systems lose years of operational life when discharges exceed 60% of capacity, Lithium can discharge down to even below 30% only to quickly recover and repeat the recharging process time after time. Life expectancy is 10 years.
The Light
The Light House use both 8W and 17W LED (Ledeema) fittings. These high output luminaires are designed and made in Japan by Kaga who are World leaders in LED Lighting and Photo Cell technology.The prismatic characteristics of the fitting’s Len along with their highly stabilised Driver Circuit creates one of the best performing LED fittings in it range. Particularly, suited where the Light House is to comply with the Australia’s Pedestrian Lighting Codes.
The Solar Panel
The Aluminium Light House also incorporates the CNPV range of small modules. CNPV are world leaders in Photo-voltaic (PV) delivering the Light House the power generation it requires for years of maintenance free life.
The Quick Solution
Most freestanding solar street lighting applications are primarily installed in and around passive areas such as paths & cycle ways, jetties & wharves, car parks and playgrounds. Each Light House systems take approx 1 hour to install with the Battery and Controller already pre-assemble inside the solar housing. The installer simply plugs in three fuses commissioning the Light House to operate that evening.
The Result
The Light House has now been installed in over 100 locations across Australia making it a truly Nationally accepted solar street light. The Light House gives local authorities both a quick and an efficient lighting solution while delivering a low cost of ownership profile.The Lighting operates from dusk to dawn or as prescribed.
Contact Warren for further information.
See more Light House images on this link.

North Sydney Council puts solar lights in at Smoothey Park

The Background

Recently, the North Sydney Council commissioned Solar G to design and construct a solar powered LED lighting scheme to illuminate approx 200 metres for their Smoothey Park pathway network. The system was to replace the outdated solar technology installed back in 1999. Part of the project included the removal of the nine existing poles. A rocky substrate terrain also required further investigation and assessment.

The Solution

Design considerations included the LED fitting load, required distance between poles and operational time. A 24vdc system was chosen as the best approach. Existing ambient lighting on adjacent paths were also considered in the design’s final layout.

As a result, five new solar LED lights were installed at approx 30 metre centres in order to meet AS1158 – P4.

However, due to the park’s dense tree canopy profile, the two solar Master Poles were positioned in suitable ‘sunny’ locations. Once determined, it was a matter of just excavating & cabling to the other three Slave Utility Poles.The Batteries and Controllers were house in two Battery Poles. All poles were finished with a Hawthorn Green powder coat.

The Result

The power coated poles blended in nicely within the park environment.The LED lighting is uniform and illuminates the path adequately without glare or over-spill. The LED lighting will operate from dusk to dawn.

Project Participants

Design & Project Manager: Ian Crane Solar G

Warren@solarg.com.au

North Sydney Council Park Officer: David Manson

David.Manson@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

War Memorial “Shines” with LED Solar Lighting

The Background

A few years back, the Bundeena RSL had surface mount lighting installed with the good intention to illuminate their War Memorial all night long.

However, the fittings had a history of water ingress resulting in numerous failures and subsequent costly lamp replacements. Furthermore, the unmetred light’s circuit was powered from the street grid which in itself had interrupted supply issues that become all to frequent. The current idea was to install a metred supply from the RSL’s building and run power directly to the Memorial with brand new fittings.

However, to install Metre as well as excavate through solid sandstone was proved to be too costly. Solar power then became a viable alternative.

The Solution

The Sutherland Shire (along with RSL Board Members) then approached Solar G to design and construct a free standing ‘off grid’ system that would be cost effective. The Lighting brief was to illuminate both the Memorial’s Plaque as well as its Flag as it has been originally intended. The fittings were to be robust, ‘water tight and require no regular maintenance’. LEDs were a must and formed the centre of design.

Solar G again used it popular EXA Bollards by installing a 28W LED Flood fitting to light their Flag along with a 4W LED Spot fitting for their Plaque. Each Led light had been neatly fixed inside the housing of the sturdy and robust EXA Bollard.

A Battery Pole was installed as the Master Solar Panel Pole where the Batteries could also be neatly stored and access for future inspection. The pole was subtly positioned approx 30 metres from the Memorial.

The Result

Being IP 67 rated, the 12vdc LED fittings will not allow any water ingress. It will provide a toublefree and long solution. The Lighting will operate from dusk to dawn operation automatically adjusted for daylight savings.

Project Particpants

Design & Project Manager – Ian Crane

Warren@solarg.com.au

02 9668 8975