Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sun Lights

Next time you drive along Hugh Ward Blvd. pay close attention to the street lights that were recently installed. 

They are solar powered, 100% solar - no electrical power lines were run to the lights.



The large flat panel on top of each pole is a solar panel that collects the sun's energy and stores it in battery packs mounted inside the base of the poles.

The lights were purchased with funds provided by the homeowners that live in the subdivisions near Hugh Ward.  That entire area is part of a Public Improvement District (PID)  that assesses each homeowner an amount of money in addition to their property taxes.  The funds are put aside for improvements to the area, a board of directors made up of people that live within the PID decide how the funds will be spent.  



In addition to PID funds, Rankin County received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to construct the multi-use trails along Hugh Ward, leftover funds from the grant were combined with PID funds to purchase and install the lights.

No local tax dollars were used on the project.

A few facts about the lighting system.

  • Pole can contain up to 8 sealed, maintenance free batteries
  • Batteries are 12v DC, 30.5 Ah
  • 8 hour charge provides 40 hours of illumination
  • Solar controller protects batteries from over/under charging
  • Lights use LED's instead of bulbs
A very cool system.

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21 comments:

Mimi77 said...

I noticed the new lights a couple of days ago and thought they look great! Way to go Rezidents for being eco-friendly!

Anonymous said...

TO: All southshore rez owners supporting closing the "boat ramps"

RE: Hugh Ward Blvd.

Stay off our road at night. You cannot use our lighting.

Mimi77 said...

To: 9:51
From: Mimi

Pretty sure those folks on Hugh Ward knew going into it those lights would be used by the public...unlike Southshore homeowners who were baited with a promise that was later revoked. Your analogy will be lost on anyone with a lick of sense, no matter their thoughts on the situation.

On a related note, please stop threadjacking every other post to gripe about your opinion on the boat ramp issue. Lots of positive things going on around the Rez to discuss instead :)

Anonymous said...

Mimi77
I love "ThreadJacking", this will become a great word for blogs!!

Anonymous said...

how much did they cost?

RWX said...

Hey -- we can use your lights -- they were at least partially funded by the DOE (that is all of us). :)

Mimi77 said...

Thanks, 4pm! Wish I could take total credit but I picked it up from somewhere myself!

Chris Merck said...

Mimi,
please ignore Anon 9:51...it's what the rest of us do b/c there is no reason to try ans speak with him/her logically.
First off, that person doesn't have the mental capacity to make a logical point.
Second, he/she generally seems to like to post off-topic which is silly in itself.
Third, he/she refuses to use any sort of identification and posts anon all the time.
Lastly, I strongly doubt this person is a leaseholder so I doubt that this individual will understand the concept until they walk in our shoes (I meant pay what we pay w/o any representation or recourse.)
Can you say "Iggy?"
think we rezidents should call out Iggy until they make a logical argument and/or post with a real name.

Anonymous said...

I am a leaseholder. W/ house on water.

Anonymous said...

Dear "Waaah",

Your simpleton conclusion that my post is off-topic is not silly, it is wrong.

My post was absolutely on target to illustrate the absurdity of the "reclamation" of public boat launches. The decision of what to do with them was adjudicated years ago and are now enjoyed freely by the public is just that, absurd.

A court of law spilled your milk with regards to the public lands and you don't like it.

What is going to happen about it? Nothing but a lot of bitching and moaning because I don't see anyone putting up a substantial amount of money to fight the PRV in a protracted legal battle.

I believe the Stennis Study will be nice, but not impactful enough to sway any decision other than a recommendation, "the PRV might/should/can/could consider an overlay district." Even under this scenario, a prolonged legal battle would not be in the interest of all covered under the district (the district will be made up of plenty of NON-leaseholders). Kinda hits home with your argument, "representational democracy".

The satirical, albeit deftly constructed, approach to illustrating the absurdity of the "reclamation" obviously hit the spot and was for all intents and purposes impactful.

And, Mimi, "threadjacking" has been occuring since the late 80's where I'm from on the Internets.

And Chris, I have a new name for you, "Waaaah"

Anonymous said...

Correction RE: July 7, 2011 10:14 AM

My post was absolutely on target to illustrate the absurdity of the "reclamation" of public boat launches. The decision of what to do with them was adjudicated years ago and are now enjoyed freely by the public is just that, absurd.

Should have read...

is just that, to attempt a reclamation at this point is absurd.

Chris Merck said...

i humbly apologize to you,Iggy, for it's obvious your rhetorical skills and supremely logically mind are far superior to such simpletons like myself.
chris@merckteam.com
601-594-8326

Mimi77 said...

Agreed, Chris! Let's ignore the Igg. Life is better here on Planet Simpleton anyway. Once you cast all logic and reason aside it's just plain bliss!

Anonymous said...

I thought you weren't going to respond to him Chris until 1AM, your likely posting time.

Anonymous said...

Iggy here..

Slink away under your protracted name calling.

RWX said...

Is there any cost summary for this project?

Chris Merck said...

Mimi-
ha! good point!

Chris Merck said...

Anon 3:13
kinda creepy you concern yourself as to what time I post. For the record, since it concerns you so-
Work 9am-8pm, read blog in the "am," lunch at Subway at Grants Ferry 1:30ish to 2:30ish, home with family and friends, the posting time afterwards. Just wanted you to know since my posting schedule seems noteworthy for you to post.
Again, find "anon" posts kinda silly. If you have something to say and aren't willing to put a name on it, seems kinda aimless.
Btw- to anon re: an overlay district, if you have no real knowledge pertaining to the subject but feel the need to throw out the term b/c it makes you feel knowledgeable, please don't. It's insulting to those that actually understand the concept.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should learn how to tell time. AM is in the early morning, not the mid afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm VERY familiar with it. Probably know more about it than you. Actually, quite certain.

Chris Merck said...

didn't say I posted at lunch. Was just throwing my entire schedule, even lunch time, since it seems so important as when I post.
to other anon, I'm sure you do.