Street Lights

Industry Potential

Solar streetlights have applicability in a wide variety of locations and applications, giving the market significant potential. The global solar street lighting market is valued at $5.7 billion with sales of 1.5M lighting units in 2019 and is projected to witness a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.4% between 2020–2030.The major growth factors are the declining price of solar street lighting solutions and the increasing number of smart cities. In addition, urbanization in developing regions is also creating ample opportunities for the solar street lighting industry. The APAC Smart Cities Report predicted that the global urban population is expected to grow 68% by 2050. As cities grow, the need for reliable, efficient street lighting will increase.

The demand for LED lighting is also increasing due to the emphasis on smart cities and the need for energy efficiency. Furthermore, growing vehicular traffic is leading to massive investments in infrastructure development, especially roads and highways, which will drive the solar street lighting market.

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Industry Challenges

Off-Grid Street Lighting

High Costs

Grid-based Street lighting systems are very costly, particularly when trenching and cabling are required. Plus, the ongoing costs of power usage and transportation add up over time. When issues occur or lights go down, there isn’t an advance warning and repairs can be significant in time and money. Click here to read more about why grid streetlighting is no longer a wise investment.

Energy Inefficiency

Grid-based streetlights are highly energy inefficient, even if using LED lights. The flexibility and ability to remotely manage systems provided by Smart Off-Grid allows for increased energy efficiency.

Disruptive Trenching and Cabling

The installment of on-grid streetlighting requires significant trenching and cabling. Trenching and cabling uproot neighbourhoods and surrounding environments and drive up overall costs.

Unforseen System Downtime

Grid-powered streetlighting is vulnerable to disruptions from extreme weather. Such disruptions will cause unforeseen downtime and can only be resolved by a costly maintenance site visit.


THE SOLUTION: Illumient Smart Off-Grid Streetlights

Clear Blue’s Illumient Smart Off-Grid street lighting solution includes everything you need in a smart solar streetlight. Illumient requires no trenching or cabling, limiting your upfront capital costs. Clear Blue’s Illumience cloud software enables remote management to deliver the lowest Total Cost of Ownership. Illumience allows you to proactively maintain your system to ensure full reliability and uptime. Illumient lighting solutions can be installed anywhere, regardless of grid power availability, and are highly energy efficient due to the cloud management service.

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Who Uses Solar Street Lighting?

Industry Players

  • States & Provinces

    Larger government bodies can use Illumient to implement state-wide initiatives to light remote intersections, meet greet targets, reduce crime in major cities, replace old infrastructure, or increase the use of Internet of things (IoT) technology.

  • Cities

    Cities can use Smart Off-Grid streetlights for Smart City applications and add IoT technology like motion sensors or cameras. They can also use them to light major roadways,  bridges, city streets or other areas that need mission-critical, highly reliable lighting.

  • Municipalities

    Municipalities can use smart solar streetlights to light sidewalks, neighbourhoods walking paths, roadways, parks or other areas with high reliability, at often a lower cost than grid lighting.

  • Businesses

    Businesses can use solar streetlights to illuminate their storefronts and parking lots. They can increase safety and security by lighting perimeters and adding security cameras.

Industry Stats

US Solar Street Lighting Market Size in 2026
Accident reduction at pedestrian crosswalks with lighting
Commercial Share of the 2020 US Solar Street Lighting Market