What is the price of solar street lights compared with traditional street lights? Many customers have raised such question. In order to solve this problem, our company’s senior engineer team collected various aspects of knowledge to analysis the cost on traditional street lighting systems and solar street lights.
If you do a quick research of the market, you will find that because the US government and world leaders are promoting renewable energy, solar street lights have rapidly become popular and grow rapidly in the past 7 years. More and more countries now advocate the use of solar renewable energy for lighting instead of traditional lighting.
Following are the analyze of the cost of the two types of street lights.
What is the price of traditional street light
Traditional street lighting obtain electricity by connecting to a standard power grid. The average cost of traditional street lamps (including lighting fixtures, poles and lamp holders) is $120 per lamp. Although the cost of lamps is lower, but traditional street lights need to be connected to the grid, which requires slotting and underground wiring. If added the labor costs for trenching and wiring, the cost per meter for consumers in this process is about US$40.
Then, the average cost of traditional lighting slotting and connection will be about 3,200 US dollars, which is much higher than the price of solar street lights. Moreover, traditional solar street lights are not energy-saving. You can imagine how much coal is consumed for 12 hours a day.
What is the price of solar street light
Solar street lights obtain electricity through the process of solar panels absorbing solar energy, which converts light into usable voltage. Solar street lights (solar panels, batteries, controllers, inverters, lamp head) require advanced technology, so the price is higher, on average about 330 US dollars per light.
Solar street lights do not need to be connected to the power grid, they are separated from the main grid system and can be installed in remote locations. So clients can avoid the long and expensive process of slotting and wiring. Therefore, the total cost of the solar street lighting system is greatly reduced.
The price of solar street lights make customers feel more expensive than traditional street lights initially, but when you carefully study their total cost details. You will find that the biggest difference between the price of traditional lights and solar lights is trenching, installation ,maintenance and electrical bill costs rather than just the cost of street lighting .
The total cost of Solar street light vs Street Lights
Take the 10KM main road project in Nigeria as an example to compare the cost of solar street light and ordinary street lights. the standard main road 80W street light installation distance is 30 meters 334 one-way roads, a total quantity is need 668 street lights.
Above is the installation cost and the use of the 3-year warranty period. On the whole, the total cost of the solar street light is 327,320 US dollars, while the total cost of the street light is 409,863 US dollars. Street lights are 25% higher than solar street lights. Considering the use of electricity bills in subsequent years, this cost street light will be more higer.
When we choose LED technology to illuminate one area, solar street lights are the most efficient way. You may think that compared with traditional lighting, solar LED lighting requires more expensive maintenance and upkeep costs. To be honest, solar lights actually require less maintenance than traditional lighting systems.
The typical service life of traditional street lights is about 5,000-8,000 hours on average, which life is less than a year. while the cycle life of solar LED street lights is 5-8 years. Compared with traditional lighting methods, solar street lights also have higher power efficiency.
When comparing the total cost of traditional street lighting and solar street lighting, it is clearly to dinstinguish who is winner. Overall, the cost of solar street lights in 5 years is about 4,800 US dollars, while the cost of traditional street lights is as high as 8,800 US dollars, which is due to the cost of trenching and installation.
As obove, this is only the cost for one street light. If one project need to install 100 sets of street lights, 200 sets of street lights, obviously, solar street lights are more cost-effective.
If there is a road that needs to be installed with a lighting system, will you choose traditional street lights or solar integrated street lights? If you just think that the cost of product, maybe solar street lights is more expensive, you are wrong. Taking all the costs together, it is obvious that solar lights can win the cost battle of street lights. If you want to learn more about solar street lights, please follow the Clodesun blog.