Solar light post lights are already popular in Vancouver, with the city’s first solar post light being installed on the sidewalk in the Mission neighbourhood.
(Vancouver City Hall)The City of Vancouver has installed six solar light posts on sidewalks across the city, and the city has a commitment to having more than 300 solar post lighting systems installed by 2020.
“It’s a big step in Vancouver.
I think we’ve been able to get solar posts in a number of different locations,” said Vancouver City Councillor Maria Augimeri, who was the chair of the city council’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in March.
“We’re going to keep doing that.”
Augimeri said the City of Toronto, which has installed more than 150 solar post lighters, is the next city in line.
“They have been installing solar posts at city hall for the past year, so we’re looking forward to getting them installed on our sidewalks,” she said.
“I think we’re going into a really exciting time.”
Lights and heat systems will also be used to power the lights on the solar lights, as well as to power any heaters or other equipment, including electric vehicles.
In some locations, the lights are also connected to solar collectors.
“If the sun comes in, the heaters will heat up and the lights will heat down,” Augimerin said.
The lights are currently on display at the City Hall, but city officials are hoping to open them up to the public soon, and have been working with local community groups to see how they can get the installation completed quickly.
“Our goal is to get the lights out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” Augimini said.
Lights will also power the electric vehicles that are being installed at the park, and there are plans to open up the lights to public access at some locations.
“We have solar panels on the outside of the park,” Augime said.
The City of Winnipeg is also planning to install solar panels in the park and has opened up the park to the general public.
“The goal is for everyone to have access to these lights,” Augima said.