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New Solar Lighting Systems for the City of VancouverUrban Solar
VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway now has solar lighting systems from Canadian-based company Urban Solar. This intelligent lighting system will enhance the city’s urban landscape contributing to a vibrant and beautiful public space for walking and cycling.
Urban Solar’s team created a customized solution using Solar LED Lighting (SLL) series units placed at strategic intervals between W 33rd Ave. and W 37th Ave.
Completely off-grid, the system requires no trenching or utility hookup, meaning a quicker installation and that the lighting won’t be affected by power outages. The ECM Connect™ feature utilizes wireless connectivity to provide several new lighting control features and benefits for reliability.
"Sustainability is a core value at Urban Solar. Public projects like the City of Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway are why we got into this industry to start with and we're excited to be a part of it," says Jeff Peters, the company’s president.
According to its Greenest City Action Plan, “Vancouver is rising to meet the green transportation challenge by creating compact neighbourhoods with higher density to provide easy access to work, shopping and recreation. The City has shifted investment to walking, cycling and transit infrastructure instead of building new roads.”
Among the latest of these investments is the Arbutus Greenway. Since the City acquired the stretch of land, which runs from the False Creek area to the Fraser on the un- ceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-
Waututh First Nations, an exciting program of improvements and innovative upgrades have been bringing the greenway up to current standards for accessibility, safety and aesthetics.
The public bid process for this project took into consideration Vancouver’s goals to be a green city and required the use of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) system level certification.
With a corporate focus on sustainability, and industry-leading, UL-certified systems, Urban Solar was awarded this multi-year contract.