It’s Wind! It’s Solar! No, It’s Hybrid!

Boston Replacing Gas with Solar Solar

Photo from Boston Globe, 6/06/11

Lots of states, cities, companies and universities have been using solar lights for a few years now.

In fact, the City of Boston just announced a plan to retrofit 600 historic gas lamps in key neighborhoods with solar lights, saving the City roughly $140,000 a year in fuel bills while reducing carbon emissions. The $450,000 cost of the devices will pay for themselves in by eliminating gas costs in a little over three years.

There’s been a lot of news lately about other cities, private companies and universities using solar lights for roadway, park and parking lot lighting.

What hasn’t been talked about much are hybrid lights, those powered by solar panels and wind turbines. And they are a great solution, as few places are without wind or sun for any significant period of time. Continue reading