Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Sullivan Renaissance SOLAR Lamp Post Demonstration (ST10291-1)

Gerry Foundation, Inc.


The Sullivan Renaissance Program (the Contractor) is recognized as a leader in bringing innovation and best practice to over 250 community revitalization and volunteer beautification projects in Sullivan County, NY, since it was established in 2001. The Contractor’s mission is to bring economic development to Sullivan County. The Contractor held the Sullivan Renaissance conference on February 3, 2007, which included presentations on solar power and why it makes sense in New York State, and best practices in main street solar lighting. The enthusiastic response from conference participants led the Contractor to establish a pilot program to install solar lighting fixtures in several communities in Sullivan County, and to evaluate their performance over a full-year period and measure citizen acceptance of the fixtures. Over 15 communities were considered to receive the solar lighting, from which three will be selected. The results of the project will be used to educate more communities in the region, and New York State, on the benefits of solar lighting for outdoor illumination and main street revitalization projects.

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Project Description

The project will include the following activities: (1) site selection and shading analyses to ensure the sites will receive sufficient direct sun to fully charge the solar panels; (2) development of a solar lighting tool-kit, or manual, documenting the Contractor's lessons learned in siting and installing the solar lighting fixtures; (3) installation of 6-9 solar lighting fixtures at three different sites; (4) independent energy and human factors evaluations of the installations; (5) documentation of the evaluation results by an independent evaluator (RPI’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) in a DELTA (Demonstration Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications) report; (6) widespread dissemination of project results through Internet site postings and outreach activities with local community groups.


Benefits include nighttime illumination, energy savings, and avoided environmental emissions associated with solar-powered LED lighting

Project Results

A total of 24 of Philips HADCO “Solar Renaissance” lamp posts were installed at three sites in Sullivan County: Bethel Woods (site of the 1969 Woodstock concert); Village of Woodridge; and Swan Lake Park. The Solar Renaissance is a LED fixture powered by two deep-cell batteries that are changed by two photovoltaic panels (5.9 square feet). The batteries are charged during the day when adequate daylight exists and discharged at night to illuminate the LEDs. The fixtures are programmed to go on at sunset and operate for six hours at full output, and reduce output to 30% for the rest of the night. Shading analyses were prepared for each of the sites prior to installation to ensure adequate direct sunlight for each installation. The LRC DELTA evaluation reported that community residents were very pleased with the installations. As with any piece of hardware, there must be a commitment to ownership and maintenance. There is the need to periodically inspect the fixtures and run diagnostic checks (battery voltage, solar panel voltage, error checks). Lamps are expected to last 10-15 years; drivers 10-15 years; batteries 5-7 years; and system manager 10-15 years. The solar panel carries a warranty of 10-25 years.


Gerry Foundation, Inc.
Po Box 311
Liberty, NY 12754

Principle Investigator

Colleen Emery

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Demonstration

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10291-1

Last Updated: 1/4/2013 3