20 August 2010
Lighting Science Group's new wind and solar powered LED street lights are to be installed along Mexico’s new superhighway – no electric grid needed.
The company’s Prolific DC Series balances the need to responsibly illuminate roadways while eliminating electrical grid energy consumption and maintenance costs. Lighting Science Prolific DC LED street lights will soon light up Mexico City's newly constructed Viaducto Bicentenario elevated superhighway, named for Mexico's Bicentennial on 16 September 2010. The highway runs 23 km from Lomas Verdes to Tepotzotlan, Mexico. The project, which is nearing completion, is being jointly announced by Lighting Science Group and BHP Energy Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., Lighting Science Group's exclusive representative in Mexico.
The Prolific DC Series has been engineered to be powered by low voltage direct current (DC) electricity produced by solar and wind energy sources providing maximum flexibility for installation off the electrical grid. Compared with traditional human interface device (HID) street lights, the Prolific Series LED street lights are at least 50% more energy efficient, provide a more uniform light distribution, increase light levels and will save thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance cost over the life of the fixtures.