By Amanda Sindelar
The City of Atkinson recently installed 15 solar lights in critical areas throughout the community. A ribbon cutting will be hosted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Atkinson Fire & Rescue Hall, 512 E. Pearl St., near one of the newly installed fixtures.
“I am very excited to see this project completed. This will help to assure safety not only throughout the community, but also for our public and volunteer first responders,” said Atkinson Mayor Paul Corkle.
The total project cost was $88,950. The city was awarded a $29,000 grant which is around 35 percent of the project, through the USDA's Community Facility Grant program.
“The safety and accessibility of a city during any kind of emergency is essential. Using our funds to assist with this project, being able to provide an alternative source of emergency power in critical locations, is an important part of the steps they are taking to improve the safety of their community,” said USDA Community Programs Specialist Anthony Guenther.
This grant was made possible thanks to Central Economic Development District (CNEDD) who assisted with overseeing the application process.
“CNEDD was happy to assist the City of Atkinson with this USDA grant application for much needed funds for these solar lights. We applaud the city's forethought in preparation before a disaster,” said CNEDD Deputy Director Carla Kimball.
The lights were installed for safety purposes in the event of an electrical power outage during the night. The public and emergency personnel will now have access to and from the most critical locations within the city.
GenPro Energy Solutions installed the solar lights. They are SolarOne Single Arm RFS SmartLight Off-Grid Solar Street Lights.
“We are delighted to partner with the City of Atkinson to offer the world's most advanced solar street lighting solution to their community.
Our SmartlightTM street and pathway solar lighting solutions offer up to a 50 percent cost savings per fixture. With remote monitoring, reporting and resiliency wrapped up in a proven power outage proof solution, we are excited to lead the way in further renewable energy adoption,” said CEO of GenPro Energy Solutions Dwight Patterson.
The solar lights feature a 936-watt hour, 24-volt nickel metal hydride battery that is rated for special extreme temperatures from -40 F to 158 F and has a 265-watt photovoltaic module that sits atop of a 20-foot round, tapered galvanized and power-coated steel pole.
The Light Emitting Diode (LED) feature is 38 Watts, 4000 Kelvin color temperature and 160 lm Watt (Lumens Watt) lighting efficacy.
The lights are smart and programmable. The solar lights were placed at the following locations:
• Atkinson Community Center – (3) Southeast corner of building, near the west entrance and northside of the building.
• Atkinson Maintenance Shop – (1) Employee parking lot.
• Atkinson Wastewater Treatment Plant – (1) North of cellular tower.
• Atkinson Fire & Rescue Hall – (2) One on the westside and one on the eastside.
• Elkhorn Meadows (1) – Northside of the parking lot.
• West Holt Memorial Hospital – (3) One on the southside and two on the northside.
• Atkinson Mill Race Park and Campground – (3) East of shower house, north of camping area and northside of the dam.
• Atkinson City Well – (1) Located on North Holt.
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