Frequently asked questions about solar power system:

Q: How many nights will the lights work if it is not sunny?

A: SMARTÉ SOLAR SYSTEMS®, LTD. provides storage capacity within the solar light for a minimum of 5 nights of light even if there is insufficient sunlight to recharge the lights during the day.

 

Q: What is the payback for a solar-powered light?

A: Often instantaneous.  Solar Powered lights do not require costly underground line voltage trenching, conduit, distribution and metering associated with line voltage powered fixtures.  These costs, in aggregate are higher than the cost of buying a solar powered light.

Of course, solar powered lighting means that you will never pay an electric bill for bright, long-lasting light.

Q: Will SSS’s systems withstand hurricane-force wind?

A: SSS distributes several systems which, when installed appropriately, will withstand 150 and even 170mph sustained winds.  SSS has many systems in the tropics: Caribbean, Florida, Guam, etc which survived and continue to function after several hurricane and typhoon events.

Q: Can I use existing poles

A: If desired, solar powered light fixtures can be added to an existing light pole provided:

The existing light pole is in good operating condition

The existing light pole is designed for and rated to support the additional weight and wind loading that results when the solar light is added to the pole

Often however, existing light poles are not appropriate for re-use for solar powered lights

Q: How does shading from trees and buildings impact the solar lights?

A: Solar powered lighting requires a clear, unshaded view of the southern sky.  Shade from trees and buildings is detrimental to solar lights and can lead to the light not working at the specified intensity for the specified amount of time.

Q: How does the light know when to turn on and turn off?

A: SSS’s electronics detect the amount of sunlight incident on the solar panel and determines that sunrise is occurring and lights turn off.  The inverse occurs at sunset.

Q: What happens on cloudy days?

A: SSS provides storage capacity within the solar light for a minimum of 5 nights of light even if there is insufficient sunlight to recharge the lights during the day.

Q: How long do batteries last?

A: SSS uses batteries designed for solar lighting applications.  Due to the battery technology, how SSS manages battery charging and discharging, batteries are expected to last between 4 and 6 years.