ProQuip Solar Lighting in Sault St.Marie
ProQuip’s track record of quality products has made them the number one choice for Sault St.Marie officials looking to test the use of solar lighting at multiple public venues.
“With the expansion of uses in the park, particularly during the evening hours, it is critical to provide adequate lighting that would increase the safety of park patrons,” a report to city council states. City staff argue that lighting at the entrance to the marina will improve safety for boaters entering the facility during the evening hours.
Costing estimates for five conventional lights at Bellevue Park has been set at about $30,000 plus taxes for purchase and installation.
Power for the lights would have to be supplied by the existing band shelter, which would require installation and PUC costs.
Costs for three parking lot lights at the city’s public works building is $547.11, without maintenance for bulb replacement.
A comparison by using LED lights suggests that costs would range from $6,500 to $9,500 per unit, depending on model and options chosen. Installation and maintenance can be completed by city staff and ongoing costs would not be as high.
Other Ontario communities that have tested solar LED options have found extensive savings in their budgets.
ELAINE DELLA-MATTIA, THE SAULT STAR