CLTC Receives $4.2M to Develop Renewable Outdoor Lighting
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) was recently awarded $4.2 million from the California Energy Commission to develop and demonstrate renewable energy and high-quality outdoor lighting systems in low-income communities.
With the award, CLTC will develop renewable energy and advanced lighting (REAL) systems with high energy-efficiency; distributed renewable power; two-way communication between the grid/utility and the lighting network; predictive and adaptive occupancy-based dimming; battery energy storage; and use of circadian-appropriate lighting spectrums. These systems are designed for light and health, reduced carbon emissions and community safety, and will be important in replacing systems of low-quality lighting and poor energy efficiency that are disproportionately located in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
“This project advances sustainability and efficiency with solar-based municipal street and area lighting as well as addressing issues with light pollution, safety and user experience in low-income communities,” said Michael Siminovitch, CLTC director and Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency.
The center will work directly with residents and business owners, providing demonstrations and asking for input. Taking part are the cities of West Sacramento, San Joaquin, Huron, Moreno Valley and Chula Vista; California State University, Dominguez Hills; and lighting industry partners on the project.