How can solar lighting save you money

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Do you have an outdoor lighting project? …

Do you have an outdoor lighting project?
Considering using solar as a green alternative?
This helpful guide can show you what your money is spent on and how you can save money while showcasing your green initiative.

Included in this guide is:
Component Costs
Installation Costs
Maintenance Costs
Rebates and Additional Information

This guide will give a better understanding on key differences between costs associated with standard grid tied lights and solar lights.

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  • 1. How Can Solar LightingSave You Money?
  • 2. Table of Contents Introduction 3 Electrical Components 4 Solar Components 5 Electrical Installation 6 Solar Installation 7 Electrical Costs to Operate 8 Solar Costs to Operate 9 Electrical Maintenance 10 Solar Maintenance 11 Overall Savings 12 Surprise 13Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 3. IntroductionSo you have a new lighting project and are thinking oflooking at solar lights as a green alternative. As we allknow, solar is becoming the go to option for all types ofapplications.This is an overview of how installing solar instead of atypical 250 Watt HPS street light can save you lot ofmoney as well as reduce your CO₂ impact on the earth.By the end of this you will have a better knowledge ofthe costs associated with solar and how solar is a betteroption for both your wallet and the environment. Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 4. Electrical Components250 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. Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 5. Solar Components40 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! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 6. 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! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 7. 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 Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 8. 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 yearsCost to operate AC powered lights adds up fast! Over 25years, a mere 10 lights will cost over $59,000 inelectrical costs alone! And that is assuming that the costof electricity does not go up in the next 25 years. Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 9. Solar Costs to Operate $0.00Solar produces electricity from the sun makingthe cost nothing: No matter how many lights No matter how long they run No matter how many years No matter what! Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 10. 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: $1035This estimation is for 25 years of operation Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 11. 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: $3,000This estimation is for 25 years of operation Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 12. 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 Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 13. 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 yearsNote: Additional State, Local, and Utility Credits are available thatcan lower the cost more. Visit www.dsireusa.org for more info. Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 14. ConclusionWhile the high upfront cost of solar lighting can bedaunting at first glance, the reality is that in the longrun, solar lighting is far more economical than standardAC power lighting when all things are taken intoconsideration (i.e. parts, installation, electricity andmaintenance). Better yet, solar lighting is good for theenvironment and will eliminate thousands of pounds ofCO₂ over their lifetime.*This comparison is for a standard 250 Watt HPS fixture vs a 40 Watt LEDfixture as the LED can meet minimum lighting requirements standardly usedfor roadway applications. Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com
  • 15. Benefits of Solar LightingSolar lighting also has many excellentqualities. It is a green alternative totraditional lighting, it is low cost andpractically maintenance free, and there isno power bill associated with utilizing One of our solar specialistssolar since the be happy to help you would power is not coming fromthe grid. Solar is also low voltage which choose the best option formakes it much safer to needs and your lighting installoperate. Finally, solar lighting is and provide clean,renewable renewable solar energy! and promotes sustainability;its only our Guide to: See requirement is the sun for Check Outoperation. Solar Lighting OR An Amazing Case Study Share this eBook! Guide to Sign Lighting www.sepco-solarlighting.com