SolarOne®/Hadco Solar Renaissance Lighting Receive NYSERDA Co-funding for Three Projects in Sullivan County Communities

SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, MA and Hadco ® Inc. of Littlestown PA announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will fund three main street lighting projects overseen by the Sullivan Renaissance, principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.

Framingham - SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, MA and Hadco ® Inc. of Littlestown PA announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will fund three main street lighting projects overseen by the Sullivan Renaissance, a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.


The Village of Woodridge, the Town of Liberty and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will install solar-powered post-top style lamp-post fixtures developed through the collaboration of SolarOne Solutions, LLC and Hadco Lighting.

"We are honored to be teamed with such prestigious organizations such as Sullivan Renaissance, NYSERDA, Hadco and the LRC for this project," said SolarOne's President and CEO Moneer Azzam. "With the rapid evolution of LEDs and SolarOne's SO-Bright(TM) Technology, this project and the wonderful partnership it forges between our company and the other organizations, represent just the tip of the ice berg for solar powered/LED lighting across the country and throughout the world.

This system is designed to address aesthetic concerns of architects and planners who consider decorative lighting systems powered by bulky solar panels and batteries as unappealing. Increases in LED and solar cell efficiency combined with refinements in control technology enable SolarOne's system to produce dramatically more light for longer periods of time for given solar panel/battery dimensions.

"SolarOne's system appears to have reached the cross-over point to bring these elements in at sufficient size to be readily integrated into our standard lighting package and look like they belong," said Hadco General Manager Chris Hammelef. "Un-tethered from the grid, who knows where the new markets for our lights will come from," he added.

The fixture housing and base are drawn from a classic traditional design and integrate state-of-the art light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology and photovoltaic (PV) panels with SolarOne's intelligent SO-Bright' controls. The unit operates independent of the electrical grid through a storage battery concealed in the base.

NYSERDA President and CEO Paul D. Tonko said, "The Sullivan Renaissance project serves as a great example of how NYSERDA can help New York communities to use less energy and improve our environment while demonstrating promising new technologies. As LEDs improve in efficiency and white light color, solar LED street lighting is a natural application, especially in northern climates, because LEDs and solar panels both run on DC power and LEDs burn more brightly under cold temperatures." The NYSERDA contract provides matching funds to complement contributions of the partners.

The system provides the peace of mind that it will be operational, even during disasters and emergencies when the grid may be down. With heightened attention to security, aging infrastructure, globalization and increasing population, demand for outdoor lighting is expected to accelerate. A major barrier to this market expansion is access to power, which typically requires major investment in trenching and wiring. In many instances, solar power can overcome this issue.

About SolarOne Solutions

SolarOne Solutions provides simple and effective autonomous solar powered solutions for high value commercial applications. The company developed its patent-pending MC2 Control Technology to power its HL (High Lumen) LED lamps for general outdoor illumination purposes with unparalleled efficiency and reliability. For information on SolarOne(R) visit www.solarone.net, e-mail info@solarone.net or call toll free 877-527-6461.

About Hadco Lighting

Founded in 1954, HADCO is considered one of the premier manufacturers of commercial decorative and landscape lighting equipment in North America. The company is a subsidiary of the Genlyte Group. Additional information about Hadco is available by visiting www.hadco.com or calling 800-331-4185.

About NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was established by law in l975 as a public benefit corporation. NYSERDA provides energy-related technical and financial packaging assistance to businesses and institutions to promote energy efficiency and economic development, as well as providing energy research and development programs that promote safe and economical energy production efficiency technologies in New York State. NYSERDA also analyzes the effect of New York's energy, regulatory and environmental policies on business, institutional and residential energy consumers.

About Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit www.lrc.rpi.edu.

About Sullivan Renaissance

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. For information about Sullivan Renaissance, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org or call 845-295-2445.

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