100 Ideas for New Paltz

2. buy the streetlights, run ’em on solar energy

Right now, the Village pays approximately $60,000 in rent each year to Central Hudson for streetlights.  The Village should buy those streetlights from Central Hudson, While the Village would be responsible for maintenance and repair, the savings in not paying rent should more than make up for it.

Once owned, it should be possible to upgrade or replace the existing lights with solar streetlights, and eventually to replace the big ugly lights we have now with lights more in keeping with the aesthetics of the village.

And it may even be possible to have a combo solar/wind streetlight that also doubles (or triples?) as a Wi-Fi relay:

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  1. magggreen said, on June 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    these bulbs look bulbous, i.e. they bulge out at the bottom a little. Do they direct all their light down?—-margaret h

  2. Jason West said, on June 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t know — the photo is one of many I found of solar lights. There are several different designs that come up if you google solar streetlights images

  3. Zach said, on January 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    My company has worked a lot with solar lighting. It’s amazing the shapes the solar panels can form to. You could make a solar light pole, where the round light pole is the panel to power the bulb.


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