STC furnishes lighting systems and engineering support for Africa
TEMPE, AZ - 05/12/2009 - Solar Traffic Controls has entered the lighting
systems market in West Africa. Working under licensing agreement with Solar
Force Corp. USA, STC has fielded several demo area lighting systems in
conjunction with Solar Force Corp. USA and its affiliate Solar Force
Nigeria. To date, Solar Force Nigeria has fielded over 60 systems on one
contract and is in line to furnish more systems for additional contracts for
several African states.
Solar Force Corp. USA offers an array of solar electric powered products for
residential, commercial, and government applications from street lighting,
traffic flashers, grid-tie systems and water pumping.
West Africa has had numerous solar lighting companies enter their market,
most were foreign based and did not focus on a long-term presence in the
region. Many looked at work in the region as contract-specific and left
upon completion of the projects. Subsequently, the systems fell into
disrepair and solar began to have a tarnished reputation.
Solar Force Nigeria has already established two offices in-country and has a
trained crew outfitted by STC with the necessary tools to perform much of
the work in-country. Under licensing agreement, STC will furnish additional
tools, system designs, and internet-based training to ensure the success of
the projects going forward.
New lighting technologies are also improving the viability of solar lighting
in West Africa. Many of the original systems installed were based on Low
Pressure Sodium lamps with a yellow-orange optical output. The newer
systems being introduced in the field are LED based using white sources in
the range of 4000-5200K thus providing more perceived light for the amount
of energy consumed. Continued efficiency improvements in LED lighting will
help raise the quality and lower the price of lighting systems for the
region. Properly designed power systems and practices as well as suitable
LED drive circuitry will ensure years of reliable service from the equipment
About Solar Traffic Controls
Solar Traffic Controls (STC) designs and manufactures solar-powered traffic control systems for city, state and federal DOTs. Its primary products are solar-powered flashing beacon systems used for school zones and 24-hour applications. STC's equipment and services will save you time, effort and money.