Urban Solar installs commercial solar pathway lighting in Saanich

The District of Saanich in British Columbia, Canada, required multi-use pathway lighting for one of its parks and chose Urban Solar for its reliable and high performance solar powered LED lighting systems.

Urban Solar’s RMS Series lighting systems now illuminate nearly half of a kilometer of pathway at Saanich’s Layritz Park.

Urban Solar is an industry leader for installing lighting systems that perform well in challenging environments for solar energy, notably the Pacific Northwest.

Saanich has a large population and urban areas, but it is also home to many rural areas and farms, and it strives to have a harmonious balance with the environment. Urban Solar’s stand-alone systems allowed the district to install lighting without the need for trenching and to mitigate environmental impact.

A bird’s eye view of Layritz Park in Saanich.

Urban Solar now offers its smart controller, the ECM Connect™ (Energy Control Module), which can accompany its lighting systems. This smart technology allows its end users to control all of the systems remotely, monitor usage, and ultimately save money.

“Urban Solar’s product offering fit perfectly with our requirements for a reliable, robust solar pathway light in a park setting. Urban Solar’s team was professional and helped our installation crew with the commissioning. We would consider using solar lighting again in other park projects,” says the District of Saanich Park Planner and Designer for the project.

“Pathways and multi-use greenways are a perfect fit for our RMS Series,” says Urban Solar Business Development Manager Eben Lindsey.  “This site at Layritz Park provided some challenges as it’s home to many trees, and shade lessens the ability for the panels to capture enough sun. However, we were able to work closely with Saanich and found a solution by properly positioning the solar lighting systems.”

The District of Saanich is a municipality on Vancouver Island, BC, which holds more than 110,000 residents. It has a mix of urban and rural areas, and is home to a diverse community with families, farmers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Saanich’s motto is Populo Serviendo, which means ‘serving the people,’ and it works to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the region, visitors and residents alike.

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    From our customers:

    “Urban Solar’s technology adapts to our short, overcast winter days and offers a remarkable and reliable product. It enhances passenger’s safety and operator visibility.”

    – Jeff Brewster, Intercity Transit

    “The new Urban Solar improvements and technology have increased ridership more than 20 percent and decreased costs by about 35 percent.”

    – Richard Tree, Porterville Transit

    “Initial costs to supply and install these lights are lower compared to conventional systems. We will do more of these installations as pathway lighting needs arise.”

    – Gary Darrah, District of Saanich