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Published on July 7th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Urban Solar Now Deploying Solar LED Lighting At Bus Stops In San Francisco

July 7th, 2016 by  


The solar energy systems and LED lighting solutions firm Urban Solar has begun supplying solar-powered LED lighting for use at bus stops in San Francisco, California, as part of an agreement with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Clear Channel Outdoor, according to a recent press release.

Solar LED Streetlights

The first 500 deployments of Urban Solar’s PV-Lantern — of an estimated 3,300 planned bus stop upgrades — have begun taking place, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) press release. Given that the Urban Solar PV-Lantern is essentially a stand-alone solar-powered LED bus stop light, it cuts down on materials used and expenses — mostly owing to the forgoing of the need “for disruptive and expensive trenching of utility poles to each bus stop.”

“We are very pleased that SFMTA and Clear Channel Outdoor chose us for this green initiative,” stated Urban Solar President Jeff Peters, as quoted in the press release. “SFMTA and the City of San Francisco are great partners and an excellent location to showcase our technology. San Francisco’s west coast weather can be challenging for solar systems in an urban setting. Our powerful controller and experienced design ensure it will have lit bus stops year round.”

It’s worth noting here that Urban Solar has actually been working closely with SFMTA since back in 2009 on solar-powered LED bus stop lighting.

For more information on recent LED-street-lighting initiatives, see:

Cree Continues To Reinvent LED Street Lighting

India To Switch All Its Street Lights To LED In 2 Years

LEDs Light Up the Largest Municipal Street Lighting Project In China

Street Lighting Electricity Consumption Cut By 61% With LEDs & Wireless Controls

Secondary Environmental Benefits of LED Lights Being Investigated






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  • Edwin Franks

    What about street trees?

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