3 March 2016 2016 01:33 PM GMT

City of Las Vegas Installs World’s First Solar-Kinetic Street Lights

EnGoPLANET has announced a partnership with the City of Las Vegas. Through the partnership with the city, EnGoPLANET will install their innovative solar-kinetic street lighting solution at Boulder Plaza. It will be the first-ever installation in the world of this street lighting technology that combines kinetic and solar energy. EnGoPLANET is a New York City-based clean tech start-up, and the company aims to become a leader in the off-the-grid street lighting industry. The company plans to partner with Cities, Universities and Large Corporations in deploying this clean solution to light streets.

EnGoPLANET’s Street Light is off-the-grid solution, powered by combining kinetic and solar energy. Kinetic energy is harvested from pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads. When someone steps over a kinetic pad, energy is created and goes directly to the battery. This solution is also equipped with many smart sensors. USB ports and Wireless Charging pad incorporated into the pole are additional useful features of the product.

Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPLANET, said, “Currently, street lights in the world release more than 100 million tons of CO2 per year. Our generation has the moral responsibility to transform our energy system. EnGoPLANET’s Street Light will revolutionize the way we illuminate streets. It will reduce CO2 emission, lower maintenance bill and with many new features, it will make cities smarter.” He added, “If you look at traditional street light poles, you will see that they are useless. They simply hold the lighting. With our solution, we’ve changed that by incorporating useful features into the pole and transforming it into a free service spot where people can rest, charge their portable devices, or connect to WiFi.”

“The city of Las Vegas is a leader in sustainability, from our commitment to renewable energy to recycling, our alternative-fuel vehicles and streetlights,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and added: “We are always interested in exploring new technologies that can help us to preserve our city for future generations.”

EnGoPLANET, formerly Volta Group, was formed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The company’s strategy focuses on smart off-the-grid lighting solutions and portable solar devices.

August 16th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

August 14th 2019
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

August 12th 2019
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

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