TeÅ¾acka street in Murter is the first street in Croatia to introduce solar public lighting that will operate independently of the public energy network. TwentyÂ photovoltaic street lighting panels were set on a half a mile long streetÂ convert solar energy into electricity and are accumulated in batteries. Ecological model TheÂ batteries of 150 ampere hours can store
TeÅ¾acka street in Murter is the first street in Croatia to introduce solar public lighting that will operate independently of the public energy network.
TwentyÂ photovoltaic street lighting panels were set on a half a mile long streetÂ convert solar energy into electricity and are accumulated in batteries.
TheÂ batteries of 150 ampere hours can store energy for full seven days and provideÂ enough energy for public lighting, as well as on cloudy days.Â Each pole has an electric flux control system that further reducesÂ power consumption during periods of night when the street has fewer passers.Â Maintenance is minimal compared to conventional public lighting, thereforeÂ instead of the standard sodium lamp; LED lighting technology was used, inÂ addition to being energy efficient, it also has a life cycle of 50,000 working hoursÂ – or 12 years.
There is no need for street digging and electrical cable laying.Â Installation and maintenance are simple.Â The poles are mobile and can also be transferred to other locations.Â Lighting the street is not affected by voltage drop or power failure.Â And most importantly: no electricity bills.
As environmentally conscious citizens, we recognized solar streetÂ lighting as an effective model that can help reduce overall emissions of carbonÂ dioxide – saidÂ DragicaÂ Basic, Deputy Mayor of Murter – that takes the credit forÂ implementation of solar lighting.
– Regarding the financial aspect of the implementation, theÂ calculation is clear.Â The solar street lighting cost us around 54Â thousand Euros, with a fifth of the amount provided Fund for Energy Efficiency.Â Had we opted for the conventional public lighting, it would costÂ us between 27 and 34 thousand Euros.Â In addition, our annualÂ electricity bill would be 11 thousand Euros.
Return on Investment is five years, and 2 â€“ 3 years compared to theÂ installation of conventional lighting;Â which is the
main reason why we will continue with this project on other streets.Â Our intentions are to illuminate all the streets of Murter withÂ solar street lighting.Â Also, LED technology will replace theÂ existing sodium lamps. â€“ said the Deputy.
A public invitation was sent to all local private companies inÂ order influence each of them to set up their own poles with photovoltaic cells.Â – Such a move would be useful in multiple ways.Â First, all potential investors would have a chance to come to MurterÂ and see what local businesses offer, and choose the best solution for them.Â Second, this would mean for the company a free exhibition space.Â â€“ said the Deputy Mayor.
Good news for home owners
This pilot project in TeÅ¾acka street, which are passed the testing faze duringÂ the winter period in a street in Zagreb, are somewhat expensive.Â However, there are similar and simpler solutions that provideÂ enough energy for public lighting at night for eight hours.
Such lamps are intended to be set up in parts of Murter where the summerÂ homes are not used in winter time, and therefore make the street lights workÂ only eight hours, which is quite enough – says Ivan BoÅ¾ikov, Mayor of Murter-Kornati.