Shiloh Conservation Area
A Community Resource
The City's 1st Solar Light
Does it work well in this Montana winter? During the period of January to March of 2023, despite snow events and low temperatures, the solar light has consistently operated without encountering any problems or requiring any maintenance.
How does it work? These particular lights are programed to shine at a lower percentage of light until motion triggers it to illuminate up to full capacity. Currently it is set at 30%. The lower power allows it to run all night, yet still provide the light necessary when people are nearby.
What are the pros & cons? Cost of the solar light at $4,200 might be over twice of a standard direct bury pole which is $1,800+ depending on the style. The benefits, however, are prevalent. There’s no need to trench in power, no monthly power bills, no disturbing areas surrounding the pole, and of course moving the pole is much easier. Learning from other Cities that have had these solar lights for 10 years, they require little to no maintenance.
Will there be more? Yes, plans for adding more solar at parks and trails around Billings are in the works. Please follow us on Facebook and other social media platforms for future updates.