Solar powers LED Up-Lights and Cycle Counter along Parramatta River

The Background

Parramatta City Council had commissioned Solar G to design and construct a solar lighting system that could illuminate four planned “Hoop” Pines along a proposed Cycle Way adjacent to the Parramatta River at the historic “Shepherds Wharf”. The concept was to provide passive lighting that could be appreciated by the Ferry Cat patrons cruising the River at night and well as pedestrian and cycle enthusiasts alike. The landscape design would include large sandstone boulders used as retaining walls as well as steps doubled up for seating.


The Solution

After taking into consideration the total loads (fittings + control gear losses) a 24vdc solar powered system was implemented. Solar G modified their popular heavy duty EXA Bollard


A Battery Pole was installed where the Batteries could be neatly stored at the base. The first bollard light was positioned approx 12 metres away with each subsequent bollard placed at 3 metre spacings facing each tree and completing the circuit.


Cycle Counter Sensor

During the lighting’s construction phase Council had asked Solar G if a Cycle Way Counter could be integrated into the design. A Counter that data could be remotely accessed to interpret a User profile in real time (eg.Numbers of cyclist, time in motion, speed and even their direction). The good news was that there was enough power capacity (both solar and battery back up) to operate the Sensor and Lighting system simultaneously without further requirement. An external enclosure was easily bracketed to the pole where the Counter, Modem and associated components are safely stored.


The Result

The low voltage LED up-lights nicely compliment the Pines with their soft visual appeal at the River’s edge. It is rare generally, to see public lighting so close to any body of water outside the Sydney City area. The lighting operates for 6 hours each evening automatically adjusted for daylight savings.

Data from the Cycle Counter is currently being collected remotely by Solar G’s Monitoring Division. The information is to be used in providing both Local and State Governments (as well as the Cycling Fraternity at Large) with important information concerning cycle way usages and their trends. The main objective is in the cooperation of implementing an ‘coordinated’ strategic plan for the Greater Sydney Area. As more Cycle Counters get installed then the more this information can be positively assessed in providing priority funding arrangements for the construction of more shared cycle ways. A good way, I would of thought in getting more people physically active while keeping even more cars off our ever increasingly congested road systems.


Project Particpants

Design & Project Manager: Ian Crane Solar G


Council Landscape Architect: John Graham


Council Project Manager: Robert Mueck


Cycle Way Sensor: Metrocount

Technical Manager: Maurice Berger