Chicago Suburb Lights Neighborhood with Solar and Wind Power
Powered by a dedicated solar panel and a small wind turbine, this hybrid street light is similar to those installed by Downers Grove, Ill., in 2010. The lights are designed to last for 100,000 hours, as opposed to those used in traditional systems that need replacing after just 10,000 hours. Over a period of 30 years, the hybrid streetlights will save more than 500,000 kilowatts of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 350 tons.
Kevin Bobikiewicz is public services coordinator for Downers Grove, Ill.