Renewable and off-grid energy is gaining serious attention
in the market right now. In cities especially, the need for reliable and
cost-effective power is growing rapidly. As our cities grow, we must look to
off-grid sources to fill the growing power demand. With the addition of the Energy-as-a-Service
model for delivering power, as well as the improvement of smart technology
which enables remote system control, the applications of off-grid power are
expanding. Off-grid systems can now be used anywhere for a variety of
What to consider when
choosing an off-grid system?
The type of off-grid streetlight you need depends on a few key
factors. Based on these elements, the size, configuration, and style of your
power system will vary. Today, there are many options available to you when
choosing solar streetlights, so it’s important that you choose the system that
best suits your needs. Let’s consider what factors influence your off-grid street
Firstly, the application of your off-grid system is a determinant
of the type of smart off-grid solar streetlight you need. Are you lighting
critical infrastructures like highways, city roads or bridges, or is the
application smaller for a sidewalk, parking lot or pathway? For example, a
streetlight that illuminates a crosswalk is more mission-critical than one which
provides ambient lighting for a parking lot. Also, some applications will require
brighter light and higher power, each will have a different power
configuration. Beyond that, some applications require an aesthetically pleasing
pole with a banner or flower box, whereas others need to be taller and
industrial. Whether your off-grid system is powering a light on a highway, on a
sidewalk or walkway, or supporting a security camera in a residential park, it
is critical that your system is specifically tailored to the application it
Location and Environment
Similarly, where you are in the world and the weather you
experience will have an important effect on the system you need. What are the
typical solar energy generation conditions? What is the weather like in the
winter? What are the wind conditions and the temperature? All of these factors
affect your power system’s needs, size, and configuration. For example, depending
on the winter temperature, your off-grid power system may require different
batteries. Or if you have high winds at certain times of the year, solar-only
(no wind turbine) may be best. Regardless of your location though, there is
always a solution that can meet your needs.
Often an important aspect of any project, the budget and spending
per light can determine which system best suits your project. With the growth
in solar street light options, there are now many types of off-grid street lights
available to suit not only your project’s technical requirements but also your
financial ones. Depending on your application and location, there may be more
than one option that meets your requirements and budget.
Why Smart Off-Grid Matters
Smart Off-Grid products give
you the remote management and control that is needed to manage power
effectively and ensure you have the brightest light and highest uptime
reliability. Without it your options are very limited as the size, power configuration
and style are tied to your application. Limited options also mean fewer lower-cost
options and possibly getting something bigger than you need. Being able to
remotely manage lighting profiles and power based on predictive weather and
energy forecasting, effectively manage battery life cycle and remotely
identify, manage and resolve issues means that you lower ongoing costs for a
system with the longest life, maximum uptime and brightest light.
Clear Blue Technologies' Illumient Series Products
Clear Blue has a full suite of solar street lighting
products so that you can find the exact lighting system that suits your needs.
The Strada Series Illumient lighting solution is designed to
illuminate roads, bridges, and highways in any environment. Because Illumient’s
Strada is designed to use the highest-powered light, it is most often the
choice for mission-critical situations. When the safety of pedestrian and car
traffic depends on streetlighting, these systems must provide the brightest
light, with the highest uptime and reliability. So, Strada series systems are
designed to power the brightest light with maximum uptime. Smart technology is
essential for providing highly reliable off-grid power for streetlight systems.
Because Strada uses our highest-powered light, there are various
design options for different pole heights and arm lengths. This way, you can
adjust the pole height and arm length to precisely fit your system’s
application, and where it is being installed. Typically, Strada systems use street
light poles to provide the greatest coverage of the light on a busy roadway. As
well, they use Lead-Acid batteries so that they can be installed anywhere
around the world.
The Cammi Series is an Illumient lighting solution designed
for smaller-scale applications such as the sidewalk or residential street
lighting. Cammi streetlights require lower power, a smaller light, and a
smaller pole, therefore reducing the overall costs of the system.
Cammi systems use Lithium-Ion batteries, a smaller, more
efficient alternative to Lead-Acid batteries. Lithium batteries are usually
best suited for temperate or warmer locations. The smaller Lithium batteries
can be neatly stored in small cabinets at the top of the pole, hidden beneath
the solar panels. Storage at the top of the pole keeps them out of the way and
eliminates the risk of theft, vandalism, or other damage such as flooding.
Also, it allows Cammi power systems to have a smaller physical footprint and a
more streamlined aesthetic for residential areas or sidewalks. Overall, Cammi
is a sleek, low-cost solution for applications which don’t require as much
Cammi systems are best suited to warmer locations due to their
use of Lithium batteries. Most Lithium-Ion batteries are not designed for use
below freezing. However, Clear Blue has designed an insulation solution which
allows Lithium batteries to be used in colder regions while maintaining
reliability. As seen in the image to the left, this allows Cammi systems to be
installed in colder regions where typical Lithium systems would not be applicable.
Coming in 2022, the Illumient Parco Series will be an
off-grid lighting solution which combines the highly reliable Illumient
technology with a compact design for parks, pathways, and recreational areas.
The Parco series is a highly streamlined design for applications where the
aesthetics of the streetlight are important. Due to its small physical
footprint, Parco is a very low-cost solution. With its compact system design,
Parco is an ideal solution for pathways and parks that require dependable
lighting without the hassle of installing costly grid infrastructure.
Targeted for Q4 2022, the Senti Illumient series is another
step in Clear Blue’s pursuit of a lower-cost lighting solution. Follow our
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news regarding product launches and feature releases!
As discussed in a previous blog
post, each of these systems includes Clear Blue’s Energy-as-a-Service offering.
Clear Blue’s EaaS is a subscription-based service which covers the power
management, maintenance, and battery replacement of Illumient systems. Thus, Clear
Blue’s service team will help you choose the solution that best suits your needs
and will then ensure the system operates exactly as designed through
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