This month, we will explore the role that energy-saving lighting controls play in the Lummi Nation’s Community Corridor, lighted with Solar LED Lighting From Carmanah Technologies. Lighting and controls design by Jerry Whitten of Carmanah Technologies and Doug Larson of Illuminating Resource, LLC. Photography by Jon Pece.
Carmanah EverGEN 1710 solar LED lighting systems were used to illuminate Haxton Way Trail for the Lummi Nation Indian Reservation, Washington, to improve the safety of pedestrians that use the popular three-mile long pathway, which stretches across environmentally sensitive wetlands.
Working with Carmanah and local lighting agent, Illuminating Resource LLC., the Lummi Nation based the decision to use the EverGEN solar lighting systems on the need to increase trail security and usefulness after dark, while preserving the integrity of the natural environment and protected wetlands.
Operating free from the grid, the EverGEN solar lighting systems were installed without the need to dig. In addition to acknowledging ground sensitivities, the new EverGEN systems operate in accordance with International Dark Sky Association Guidelines, which recommend limiting light trespass to help protect nocturnal ecosystems and nocturnal wildlife. In concert with increased security and environmental protection, the EverGEN system utilizes sophisticated lighting controls: Carmanah Advanced Occupancy Sensing.
Utilizing wireless mesh networking, GPS and occupancy sensors, Advanced Occupancy Sensing allows a network of EverGEN 1700 solar
LED lights to provide synchronized low/high or off/on
activation when one of the lights within the network senses motion.
The off-peak automatic dimming systems save approximately 30% of the system energy that would otherwise be required. These savings help in minimizing the size of the photovoltaic panels and storage batteries.
The results of the EverGEN systems lighting project have been reported to the National Indian Council and the two Government bodies responsible for project funding, the Federal Lands Highway Department and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. The report will be used to evaluate the feasibility of launching similar projects with like technology for more Tribes throughout the country, providing the basis for wider acceptance of sustainable technologies. Energy efficiency is effectively infinite with zero usage of national grid power.