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Solar street lighting in caribbean islands

The objective is to solve the public lighting deficit in the southern area of San Andrés Island, for which an energetically sustainable solution was developed for public lighting because there are no electrical networks and it is a traffic area for both residents and tourists who have security problems.
The project is of great importance to establish a change in the public lighting system of the Islands, which is responsible for generating about 2,600 tons of CO2 per year.

The project consists of the installation of 180 LED luminaires with photovoltaic power systems that include their own storage system (batteries). The luminaires are distributed in the South End sector, which does not have a public lighting supply or infrastructure available for a potential expansion of conventional lighting.

The solution represents a challenge, depending on the investment and the application of alternatives based only on energy efficiency, compared to the necessary investment and sustainability in the medium and long term. Despite the fact that there are initiatives in other countries and in large cities with this type of technology, in non-interconnected areas (ZNI) and in island areas, no innovation has been applied in public lighting systems beyond the replacement of the luminaires to LED.

Project location.

This project goes from the eastern margin of the Island to the Elsy Bar sector. The first support located at the coordinates N 12º 29 ’32’ ‘and W 81º 43′ 18 ”, crossing the bypass towards the south passing through south end (South End), bordering towards the West intermittently towards the north until the West View sector, with the last support located at the coordinates N 12º 30 ’80’ ‘and W 81º 43’ 46 ” . Additionally, secondary roads such as Velodia Road and Elsy Bar, where there was no infrastructure, will be covered within the project.

The relevant figure: By 2040 the project will reduce 545 Tons of CO2 in emissions (by replacing DIESEL with photovoltaic solar energy).