Murter: First City in Croatia to Introduce Solar Street Lighting

Murter: First City in Croatia to Introduce Solar Street Lighting

Težacka street in Murter is the first street in Croatia to introduce solar public lighting that will operate independently of the public energy network. Twenty photovoltaic street lighting panels were set on a half a mile long street convert solar energy into electricity and are accumulated in batteries. Ecological model The batteries of 150 ampere hours can store

Težacka street in Murter is the first street in Croatia to introduce solar public lighting that will operate independently of the public energy network.

Twenty photovoltaic street lighting panels were set on a half a mile long street convert solar energy into electricity and are accumulated in batteries.

Ecological model

The batteries of 150 ampere hours can store energy for full seven days and provide enough energy for public lighting, as well as on cloudy days. Each pole has an electric flux control system that further reduces power consumption during periods of night when the street has fewer passers. Maintenance is minimal compared to conventional public lighting, therefore instead of the standard sodium lamp; LED lighting technology was used, in addition to being energy efficient, it also has a life cycle of 50,000 working hours – or 12 years.

There is no need for street digging and electrical cable laying. Installation and maintenance are simple. The poles are mobile and can also be transferred to other locations. Lighting the street is not affected by voltage drop or power failure. And most importantly: no electricity bills.

As environmentally conscious citizens, we recognized solar street lighting as an effective model that can help reduce overall emissions of carbon dioxide – said Dragica Basic, Deputy Mayor of Murter – that takes the credit for implementation of solar lighting.

– Regarding the financial aspect of the implementation, the calculation is clear. The solar street lighting cost us around 54 thousand Euros, with a fifth of the amount provided Fund for Energy Efficiency. Had we opted for the conventional public lighting, it would cost us between 27 and 34 thousand Euros. In addition, our annual electricity bill would be 11 thousand Euros.

Return on Investment is five years, and 2 – 3 years compared to the installation of conventional lighting; which is the
main reason why we will continue with this project on other streets. Our intentions are to illuminate all the streets of Murter with solar street lighting. Also, LED technology will replace the existing sodium lamps. – said the Deputy.

A public invitation was sent to all local private companies in order influence each of them to set up their own poles with photovoltaic cells. – Such a move would be useful in multiple ways. First, all potential investors would have a chance to come to Murter and see what local businesses offer, and choose the best solution for them. Second, this would mean for the company a free exhibition space. – said the Deputy Mayor.

Good news for home owners


This pilot project in Težacka street, which are passed the testing faze during the winter period in a street in Zagreb, are somewhat expensive. However, there are similar and simpler solutions that provide enough energy for public lighting at night for eight hours.

Such lamps are intended to be set up in parts of Murter where the summer homes are not used in winter time, and therefore make the street lights work only eight hours, which is quite enough – says Ivan Božikov, Mayor of Murter-Kornati.

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