Belgrade, Serbia: The Municipality of Stari Grad and Volta Technology, a clean tech company, announced today the successful installation of the first smart solar street light in the region. Powered by the sunlight and managed remotely by cloud-based software, the Lightinus smart street light will provide clean energy illumination for pedestrians and children playgrounds near the Sports Hall Centre at the 25th of May recreational venue.
Existing traditional street lights worldwide release more than 100 million tons of CO2 per year, accounting for 19% of the global electricity consumption. 33% of all European street lights still use standards developed in the 1930s, generating enormous energy waste and costing €10 billion per year.
8 June, 2017 – Lightinus Smart Solar Street Light was successfully installed in front of the Sports Hall “Milan Gale Muskatirovic” in Stari Grad
Zero electricity cost, energy savings, 365 days of reliable public lighting and decrease in CO2 emissions are among the many benefits that the Lightinus smart solar street light will provide to the Municipality of Stari Grad. Such improvements over existing street lights will be achieved through introduction of innovative cloud-based software and wireless communication technology. A dedicated Remote Management System will enable users such as city infrastructure operators to monitor and control each street light unit in real-time via PC, smart phone or tablet. Weather predictability algorithms incorporated in the software will help users to optimize the solar off-grid system and conserve energy so that bad weather and low energy periods could not affect solar LED light performance.
With integration of cloud-based technology applications, solar powered street lights can now fully replace inefficient traditional lights and become a reliable industry standard.
The launch of the Lightinus smart solar street light also marks the beginning of a new Smart City Initiative that will be jointly implemented by the Municipality of Stari Grad, Volta Technology and the business start-up incubator Impact Hub Belgrade. The goal of this initiative is to jump-start local green energy projects that will solve key public service and infrastructure issues by driving sustainable growth and improving energy efficiency.
Live Video: Lightinus Solar Street Light in Stari Grad
“We want to keep pace with the global developments in renewable energy and smart technology in order to provide reliable and efficient public services,” stated Marko Bastać, the President of the Municipality of Stari Grad. He also added: “This project is just the first step towards implementing technology driven street lights that are powered by clean energy. The installation of the Lightinus smart solar street light facilitates the way forward to introducing many other novelties across our Municipality that will help us improve the quality of life for citizens and solve public infrastructure problems in terms of energy efficiency, mobility and lighting. The new Smart City Initiative will bring together both public and private sector stakeholders with industry know-how and technical expertise that will improve our sustainability in the future.”
Marko Bastać, the President of Municipality of Stari Grad talking to the media
Volta’s core mission is to deploy smart solar street light networks that will create sustainable, green and interconnected urban infrastructures in Serbia and worldwide. Lightinus solar street light is powered by solar energy (kinetic energy can be also integrated as a source of power) with the view of increasing the safety of citizens in public places such as children playgrounds, malls, pedestrian zones and bicycle lanes.
“lf all traditional street lights were converted to solar street lights in the City of Belgrade, this would reduce overall electricity consumption for lighting by more than 50%, avoiding 35 million tons of CO2 each year. Imagine the amount of energy savings we would achieve by having just 10% of solar street light across the City of Belgrade,” said Branko Zivkovic, the CEO of Volta Technology. “The power of clean energy is limitless and by using cloud-based software and wireless communication technology we are now able to solve many of the traditional street lighting issues related to the cost of maintenance, obsolete infrastructures, inefficient performance and negative effects on the climate. There are no more obstacles for solar street lights becoming the norm of lighting.”
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Zivkovic further stated: “However, to achieve this milestone and build confidence in the solar street lighting industry, we need to validate these projects in order to justify up-front investments for financing large scale solar street lighting implementation that can really make a difference in the society. The pilot project with the Municipality of Stari Grad is an excellent way to showcase the tangible socio-economic benefits that our Lightinus smart solar street light can provide to the public, making it possible to have public lighting with zero electricity cost, low maintenance cost and return of investment in 5-7 years. We hope that the validation of these results will build the foundation for many more installations of our solar street lights in the near future.”
Lightinus Smart Solar Street Light is powered by solar energy. Kinetic energy tiles can be added as additional source of power
Gaia Montelatici, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Belgrade, believes that innovative start-up companies like Volta Technology can facilitate green energy values and boost the solar light industry in Serbia and globally to new heights. “Volta Technology has been part of our start-up acceleration program during the last 6 months. Within this period of time we learned a great deal about the company’s exciting products and their vision to achieve great things in the renewable energy sector. The installation of the Lightinus smart solar street light in Stari Grad and the introduction of a new Smart City Initiative is a novelty in our region. These steps can stimulate further entrepreneurial developments and inspire a great number of local start-ups to join in the implementation of tech-driven renewable energy projects,” noted Montelatici.
Renewable energy also sheds light on the topic of climate change, which is more than evident today and it is especially intensified by heavily populated urban areas. Cities generate 75 percent of global energy consumption and 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Clean energy applications can improve the situation, but progress is slow. Renewable energy consumption in Serbia and worldwide is less than 2% and the solar street light market remains undeveloped in the country.
Lightinus Smart Solar Street Light Video
“We hope that the installation of our smart solar street light and the new Smart City Initiative with the Municipality of Stari Grad will facilitate the use of clean energy and cloud-based technology, which will soon grow into a long-term public-private cooperation that will attract many organizations and start-ups to join the initiative and contribute to a sustainable future for our city”, added Branko Zivkovic.
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