Over 100 energy-efficient solar street lights will be installed to illuminate a trail in South park that runs along Corrigan Drive between the roads Library and Brownsville.
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LAKE FOREST, CA - South Park in Allegheny County will be getting some upgrades this summer.
Over 100 energy-efficient solar street lights will be installed to illuminate a trail that runs along Corrigan Drive between the roads Library and Brownsville. Covering about 2 miles of the trail, the solar street lights are intended to improve pedestrian safety in the early morning and late evening hours.
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive, says that the project is assessing numerous goals. “This project is the latest in a long list of sustainable initiatives in our parks and throughout the county.”
Using street lights equipped with a solar panel, battery, and LED light, the system is estimated to save around $1,300 a year in comparison to traditional sources of electricity.
Greenshine New Energy, the manufacturer of the streetlights, estimates the cost of this solar installation will result in around 40% less than traditional systems after five years, due to energy savings, up-front savings, and other factors.
The project is being partially funded with a grant from the county’s Clean Air Fund. The Clean Air Fund uses fines collected from polluters to pay for projects that improve air quality. The remainder of the work will be paid for by the county’s public works department.